Kuangsi Waterfall, Laos
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If you ever travel to Luang Prabang, make sure you don't miss to visit the famous waterfall there called Kuangsi Waterfall. My visit to the place was unplanned. I was invited to join the trip to the waterfall by Ana (a lady from new york who I met that morning) to join her there. Since Rini and Siska left already for Vangvieng I thought I just give it a shot.
We took a tuk tuk that cost us about 60,000 kip (around 10 USD) per person. It took Ana some times to bargain with the tuk tuk driver to get to that price so we settled with that before he got too annoyed. The ride from the town to Kuangsi waterfall took us about 45 minutes. Since the road was modern and asphalted it was an easy and smooth ride (except for when we crossed some bridges made of wood).
The company I had in the tuk tuk was a fun one. There were two ladies from Israel, a lady from Spain, an english man who spoke fluent spanish (and he met Raul! what a small world), a kiwi lady who was really fun to talk to and Ana from New York. There was another man who sat infront with the driver.
When we reached our destination, we were welcomed by chains of foodstalls and souvenir shops. It was a touristy place after all. We had to pay 20,000 kip for entry. We took the forest trail that led us to a place where Bear Rescue Centre where you can find five black bears called Khamm, Ka Yasin, Nai, Deng and Damm. There was an information booth explaining the role of the centre. We walked past the centre further up. It was not that difficult to find our way as there were arrows everywhere and the track was very easy to follow.
A few minutes later I was surprised by the sheer beauty of the place. The Kuangsi waterfall was beyond my expectation. Never in my life I have seen a waterfall with water so blue. Yes blue as if it was chlorinated. The Kuangsi waterfall is divided into a few parts. Some parts (the lower parts) you can swim in but the source where the water fall from a very high land you are not allowed to swim in. Since I don't know how to swim I just enjoyed the sceneries and took pictures of the amazing waterfall.
If swimming is not enough for you, you can actually climb up to where the water starts cascading. However it was a rather steep climb but not that difficult to do. Ana somehow managed to talk me into climbing which I did with great difficulty hehe. But it was worth it as the view from up there was nothing like I have seen before. Unfortunately my camera battery ran out already then and the only thing I have to record all that was my brain.
Before leaving the place I bought a tshirt with a map of Laos on it to remember the unforgettable scenery that I just viewed there.