This three-tier turquoise waterfall just outside of Luang Prabang is a favorite among travelers looking to explore the natural beauty of Laos’ countryside. Rushing blue waters cascade some 60 meters down rocky cliffs into calm pools that are perfect for cooling off on hot days. Travelers should be advised that at least a few of these ponds are closed to visitors because they’re considered sacred sites—it’s best to read the signage.
The park’s well-kept paths are ideal for wandering, and quaint wooden bridges over the water prove perfect for capturing idyllic shots of the falls. Travelers can pack a picnic or grab traditional fare from the nearby tuk tuk rink before venturing to the top of Kuang Si. The site also includes a bear rescue center and the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, both of which are also worthy of a visit.
Kuang Si Falls is located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Luang Prabang’s center, just east of the Mekong River. It’s accessible via tuk tuk, motorbike and banana boat, and there is an entrance fee of 20,000 kip. The falls are at their most intense between June and October but are still impressive during the drier months of March, April and May.