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Kuang Si Falls (Tat Kuang Si)
Kuang Si Falls (Tat Kuang Si)

Kuang Si Falls (Tat Kuang Si)

300 meters before entrance to Kuang Si Waterfalls, Louangphabang, Laos

The Basics

There’s a small charge to visit the Kuang Si Falls, which are usually experienced as part of a day trip from Luang Prabang. While you don’t need a guide to enjoy the falls, the general absence of public transport and challenges of self-driving in Laos make tours worthwhile.

Day tours typically combine the Kuang Si waterfalls (and perhaps the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre) with other attractions, such as minority villages, the Pak Ou Caves, or the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden. Kuang Si Falls hiking tours are also an option.

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1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
star-4.5
$127.18 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
Amazing experience! The guide - Mr Thin - spoke excellent English and gave us helpful insights. I was also lucky that the tour group was also a lovely group of people. A wonderful way to spend the day!
Katie_S, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Luang Prabang

star-5
Excellent day trip - must do!
Heather, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was an excellent day trip. It was a very good combination of a relaxing river cruise, sightseeing, beautiful waterfalls (with very few people there at the end of the day). The lunch was amazing and our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Great day trip
Dave, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
River cruise was great, caves and waterfalls are awesome, and lunch at the elephant camp was lovely. Mr. Thin is a great guide as well. Could have done without the stops at the two villages... tourist traps
star-5
Great tour
Cal, Feb 2020
Private Luang Prabang City Tour & Joint in Kuang Si Waterfalls Tour
Great tour by Mr. Thin! He's very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. A really good person who really cares for his guests.
star-5
. Elephant sanctuary and waterfalls
Henk_VIsschedyk, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
Tour guide Mr Deang spoke good English, he was informative, friendly and caring. Enjoyed tour very much. Will recommend Mr Deang and tour to all my friends.
star-5
Really correct
juschaffer, Oct 2019
Kuang Si Waterfall Minibus Ticket (Private)
The company wrote to me right after the booking. In Laos things are a bit more difficult, i thought that they were not coming because was a bit late, but the problema was that in town you have 2 hotela with the same name not their fault. Everything correct and Nice, and If someone has any doubt, they have an office of the main street of Luang Pabrang Really easy to fins.
star-5
Incredible Tour!
SakibaK3, Jul 2019
Private Tour Full-day Morning Market, Villages and Scenic Kuang Si Waterfall
"La" our tourguide was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and enthusiastic. It exceeded our expectations and ended up being one of my favorite spots in Asia. The waterfall is even more beautiful than the pictures. Would hands down plan another trip here with the same tourguide/company.
star-5
This tour was great! Our guide was...
Tracy H, Dec 2017
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
This tour was great! Our guide was very professional and spoke English well. He really went the extra mile to make us see the many things along the way and really offered some quality information on the history of Laos and the way of life...
star-5
Excellent tour!Deng was great!
Joseph_T, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on! ( and I have been on dozens) Our guide, Deng was knowledgeable, friendly, spoke English well, and was professional. Our driver was very safe and profesional too. Every part of the tour was wonderful and we got to experience the cultural things of Laos that are not often seen.The lunch was fantastic!The highlight was the waterfalls; simply one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.I highly recommend Manifa Tours and Deng!
star-5
The trip up the Mekong to the caves...
Jeffrey K, Mar 2018
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
The trip up the Mekong to the caves was amazing as was the stop off on the local village on the way The waterfall was beautiful We had a wonderful guide
star-5
Great introduction to Luang Prabang
OlliePi2, Sep 2019
Private Tour Full-day Morning Market, Villages and Scenic Kuang Si Waterfall
The tour covered pretty much everything I wanted to see in Luang Prabang on my short weekend. It forced me to wake up for Alms giving (which was worth it!) I was able to see and learn about all the delights in the market, had a short visit to see local village minorities and how they live, and rounded up the day with the breathtaking Kuang Si waterfalls which shouldn't be missed! The bus was very comfortable and clean, and I was offered cold water when I needed it. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. He explained much of the history of Laos and answered every questions I asked. He was also very patient and kind. Mr. Bhuntan (? Sorry for my terrible memory) really knows about everything and kept me interested the whole time. If there is any downside, the minority villages were a bit tourist-orientated, with children trying to sell things. I had to book a different tour the next day to see the real Hmong and Khmu lifestyle. Nonetheless, this was an amazing tour and very well organised. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!
star-5
Strongly recommended
Andras_G, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
Vers good organizing, kindly and good guide, amazing tour. Realy without extra fees. I recommand for every body!
star-5
I day Mekong tour - excellent
Alison_T, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was an excellent tour. The visits were interesting. Mr Thin our guide was informative and very attentive. He took good care of us. The buffet lunch at the elephant sanctuary was a bonus.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Between the butterfly park, the bear-rescue sanctuary, and the falls themselves, the Kuang Si area makes an excellent family day out.

  • Lao women don’t wear bikinis and often swim in T-shirts and shorts or fully clothed. Men should add a T-shirt to their swimwear, while women should wear one-pieces or wear a T-shirt over their bikini.

  • The Kuang Si Falls are equipped with simple public restrooms and changing rooms.

  • The path to the falls is not wheelchair-friendly.

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How to Get There

The Kuang Si Falls cascade about 18 miles (29 kilometers) southwest of Luang Prabang. As so often with Lao tourist attractions, there is no public transport. Chartering your own tuk-tuk or joining an organized Kuang Si tour is easier and safer than driving. The journey takes around 45 minutes in each direction.

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When to Get There

The Kuang Si Falls are at their most intense between June and October but are still impressive during March, April, and May. The dry season, roughly November to January, is Luang Prabang’s tourist peak. The falls are far from magical during this time, although the butterfly park and bear-rescue center are operational.

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The Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

Moon bears (Asian black bears) are often farmed for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines. Crammed into cages, unable to move, with catheters inserted directly into their gall bladders, it’s a brutal life, and the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre helps save them from it. Do consider a visit while you’re at the falls.

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