"Tad Sae Waterfall" Luang Prabang Things to Do Tip by sieffron
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Along the Nam Khan 21 km southeast of Luang Prabang, sit the cascading pools of the Tad Sae Waterfall. It is less a waterfall than a stairway of limestone pools with cold turquoise water flowing from cup to cup until reaching the river. Sunlight peaks through the forested falls and the trees that grow from the limestone, creating a serene setting.
There are numerous ways to reach the falls. The easiest way to go is to hire a tuk tuk (70,000 kip, or $7 for 3-4 people) or another form of motorized transportation to take you out there.
If you want to work up a sweat before cooling off in the pools, but still want to go on your own schedule, you can rent a bike and ride there. I opted to sign up for a day trip with Green Discovery Laos that involved a few hours of mountain biking and then transfering to inflatable two-person kayaks for a half-hour of paddling to reach Tad Sae. It seemed like an oasis in the jungle after biking in 90 degree heat and sticky humidity. We ate a filling lunch by the falls and paddled down the Nam Khan for a few more hours before hopping in a truck and returning to Luang Prabang.
The tour cost $24 and was well worth it as it included lunch and we made other stops during the bike portion to visit a silk weaving center and the grave of the man who discovered Angkor Wat.
I visited at the end of the rainy season in mid-October; supposedly the water stops flowing in the height of the dry season.
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