Ultimate Guide to Kuang Si Falls in Laos

Kuang Si Falls or known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall just south of Luang Prabang, Laos in Southeast Asia. These waterfalls are a favorite day trip for tourists in Luang Prabang featuring turquoise blue pools and cascades of small waterfalls.

Honestly, it is the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen! Some places look worse in person than online, and others look better. This one definitely looked better in person. These photos just don’t do it justice.

It was the highlight of my trip to Luang Prabang.

Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls in Laos

Kuang Si Falls Quick Facts

  • Kuang Si Waterfall entrance fee – 20,000 LAK ($2.50 USD)
  • Kuang Si Falls Location – About a 45 minute drive from Luang Prabang
  • Best time to visit – November/December through April/May (More on why later in the post)
  • Hours – 8 am to 5 pm
  • How long should you plan on spending there? The entire day. There is so much do and see!
  • Where to stay in Luang Prabang | One of the best hotels in Luang Prabang is Le Palais Juliana.
Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

What to see and do at Kuang Si Falls

Once you arrive you will walk through a small market of food and local vendors. Once you are in the park you will hike through a Moon Bear sanctuary. This was not my favorite part and honestly not really worth mentioning other than knowing what to expect. About a 5 minute walk from there will bring you to the first of the waterfalls and swimming area; from there you will follow the trail up to all 6 levels of the waterfalls. The last one being the most beautiful! It will take about a 15 minute walk to get to the top tier and the star of the show.

Tip – Arrive early to beat the crowds. If you arrive at opening you should have the place basically to yourself. We arrived around noon and it was already fairly crowded.

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Go swimming in the Turquoise pools

You can swim in almost all the pools there. There are a few of them that are not open for swimming, but most of the waterfalls levels are.

Eat lunch at the lower falls

They have a wonderful little restaurant right next to the lower falls. I had some fresh coconut water and a great lunch. Me and my husband were pleasantly surprised with the quality.

See Kuang Si Waterfall at it’s highest & most beautiful point

As you reach the top of the waterfall, you’ll see the most beautiful waterfall. The largest set of falls plunge down 200 ft (60 m) into yet another gorgeous turquoise pool. You can’t swim in this one but it is definitely the most stunning of all the cascades.

During the dry season, you can walk on the boardwalks to get an even better view of the falls. In the rainy season this boardwalk gets washed away in the rapids.

Kuang Si falls during the dry season
Kuang Si falls during the dry season

Hike to the top of Kuang Si Waterfall

After reaching the largest waterfall you will cross the bridge and begin to see stairs to the right of the waterfall. Climb up to the top and you will find swimming holes, rope swings, and incredible views of the entire area.

We even found a hidden waterfall that cascaded down a staircase. It was completely unexpected and we had the entire area to ourselves! I highly recommend taking time to explore the top area while visiting Kuang Si Falls.

Stairs At Tat Kuang Si Waterfall In Laos
Stairs at Tat Kuang Si waterfall in Laos

Best Time to Visit Kuang Si Falls

If you take anything away from this post let it be this, it matters when you plan to visit Kuang Si Falls. If you visit during monsoon season the water will be brown and muddy. You will also not be able to swim because the swimming “pools” will turn into river rapids. Avoid visiting from July to October if you want to see the waterfall at it’s best. (Check out the video below to see what I mean. Looks a bit different than the photos.)

The recommended time to visit is November/December through April/May. We visited the end of November and the conditions were perfect!

How to Get to Kuang Si Falls

Getting to Kuang Si is easy. From Luang Prabang (Where we stayed – check out our exact hotel in Luang
Prabang
) a van or tuk-tuk will drive you there for about 50,000 kip or $6 USD.

There are plenty of tuk-tuk drivers around town that you can grab last minute. They are flexible and will leave whenever you want.

We didn’t plan in advance so we went out on the streets of Luang Prabang and flagged down a driver. There are tug-tuk drivers all over the city just waiting to take tourists to Kuang Si Falls.

You can pay a driver to wait the entire day for you but we didn’t want to do that. Instead we found a different tuk-tuk driver to take us back. We ended up sharing one with a family of 5 and there was plenty of space.

Kuang Si Falls Map

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