Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang is the most famous Luang Prabang Waterfall. This waterfall is very well known among tourists as many travelers visit Luang Prabang just to see the falls. What makes Kuang Si Falls so popular is that it has the most magical blue water and multiple different levels and limestone rock pools. Unfortunately when we visited in wet season, the falls looked nothing like their usual bright blue. Be sure not to visit when it’s been raining otherwise you’ll come across heavy flowing brown water.
How to get to Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang
To get to Luang Prabang, we used 12Go to book an overnight border crossing from Chiang Mai. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around many popular Southeast Asian countries. Overnight buses from Chiang Mai are limited so be sure to book in advance.
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Kuang Si Falls is roughly a 40-50 minute drive from Luang Prabang town. We decided to drive ourselves on our scooter which we rented for 100,000Kip ($16AUD). This is the most expensive scooter we’ve rented on our travels in Southeast Asia so far. The cheapest scooter we found was for 80,000Kip ($12 Aud) although we weren’t sure of the condition of them. You can also get a tuk tuk to the falls which will cost you roughly 35,000Kip per person including return.
Where to stay
Most accommodation in Luang Prabang is located close to Mount Phousi. This area has plenty of restaurants and even a nightly market with food stalls. A central guesthouse with nice rooms is Thatsaphone Hotel while one of the more luxury hotels in the area is AVANI.
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Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang is open from 8am – 5:30pm daily.
Entrance into Kuang Si Falls costs 20,000 Kip per person ($3 Aud). Parking your motorbike will also cost you 2000 Kip.
What to expect at the best Luang Prabang Waterfall
Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang is famous for its incredible bright blue pools of water. There are plenty of levels so you can venture off and find yourself a quiet spot to relax in the perfect water. Unfortunately when we visited in the wet season, the falls looked nothing like they should have. What is known as the best Luang Prabang waterfall had become flooded with an insane amount of brown water. All the stairways were covered in rushing water and certain paths had to be closed off as the current was too strong. The pools were inaccessible and you couldn’t swim due to dangerous conditions.
The crazy power of the current showed us a different side to this Luang Prabang waterfall. A place that usually feels peaceful and mystical has now become rushed and chaotic. Although the falls looked nothing like we expected, we were still glad to have seen this waterfall in full force. It was epic to watch the large amounts of water come gushing over the top, creating an insane amount of spray. We managed to capture some shots under the spray, although it was fairly challenging.
If you’re around Luang Prabang we would still say to visit the falls. However, you can probably give Luang Prabang a miss if you’re thinking of visiting in the wet season.