Witness Nature In Its Full Glory At These Magnificent Waterfalls In Laos

The mysterious and magical country of Laos fascinates and attracts travelers from all over the world. Its rural environment, culture and spirituality, dense forests, vast Mekong River and lush green countryside have their own indescribable charm. Being a mountainous country with spectacular natural landscapes, Laos attracts adventure seekers for its underground caves, jungle adventures and wild waterfalls.

Pure sparkling water falling from rocks and cliffs makes the waterfalls of Laos a sight to behold. Some of the best waterfalls in Laos are in Luang Prabang, while others are spread throughout the country, each one more fascinating than the other. We take you from these water deserts into the wild and wonderful countryside of Laos.

10 Best Waterfalls in Laos That Give You a Glimpse of a Beautiful Paradise

Find out which are the best waterfalls in Laos and include them in your holidays for an adventure cum rejuvenating experience.

1. Tad Sae Falls
2. Kuang Si Waterfall
3. 100 Waterfalls
4. Kon Phafeng Waterfall
5. Tad Yuan Waterfall
6. Tad Fan Waterfall
7. Fa Suam Falls
8. Tat Somphamit
9. Tad Thong Waterfall
10. Nam Cat Waterfall

1. Tad Sae Falls

Adventure lovers can also visit this placeAdventure lovers can also visit this place

These low-tumbling waterfalls in the dense forests around Luang Prabang are a local favourite. Tad Saay Falls appears as a series of gentle drops and slow flowing water flowing through the trees. Traveling on a small boat upstream to reach the waterfall is as exciting as seeing the waterfall itself. The area is quiet and the forest paths are beautiful. You can also watch elephants bathing or visit an elephant village. A nearby restaurant serves traditional pad thai on banana leaves. Adventure lovers can also explore the option of zip lining in the surrounding forest.

Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
entrance fees: 15,000 kip/person. Boat fee is separate (about 10,000 won/person)

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2. Kuang Si Waterfall

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This shimmering, cascading 3-tier waterfall, nestled among lush tropical foliage like those on picture postcards, is even better when you actually see it. You can simply gaze at this natural wonder in awe and wander through the forest accompanied by the sound of waterfalls, or take a refreshing dip in its cool, soothing waters. The pure flow of water falling almost 50 meters into the turquoise pool is a sight you cannot get enough of. Although there are many more fascinating waterfalls in the country, these waterfalls in Luang Prabang are unquestionably the most spectacular in Laos. Those who have time can opt for a half-day Kuang Si Waterfall tour to see this enchanting beauty at their leisure

Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
entrance fees: About 20,000 kip/person

  • To reach the waterfall you can either hire a tuk-tuk (250000 kip/vehicle) or rent a motorcycle (80,000 kip). Guided tours are also available at reasonable prices.
  • You must take swimming clothes with you to enjoy the beautiful cerulean pool at the base of the falls
  • Although you can witness the natural beauty and immense power of the waterfalls during the rainy season, the best time to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls is during winter (December-April).

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3. 100 Waterfalls

Amazing view of a mighty waterfall at the topAmazing view of a mighty waterfall at the top

It’s for adventure seekers looking to explore the secrets of Laos, including a trek through the Nong Khiaw region in search of 100 or more waterfalls along the way. The journey is thrilling and not easy the whole way, so a guided tour is essential and totally worth the cost. As soon as you actually climb the falls, the path becomes slippery and so sturdy waterproof shoes are a must. A light hike of one and a half to two hours is made interesting by local guides, and you are rewarded with stunning views of a powerful waterfall at the top.

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4. Kon Phafeng Waterfall

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This amazing natural wonder is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Laos waterfalls and also the largest in South-East Asia. The sheer power of the raging water creating thousands of islands, rapids and waterways is nothing short of magical. The highest drop is 21 meters and countless islands give the area the name of Si Phan Don (4000 Islands). You can wander around the area to witness the raw power of the mighty Mekong, or enjoy a picnic at various designated spots in the area. To reach this stunning waterfall you have to take a boat ride and then walk or ride a tuk-tuk/bike through paddy fields.

Time: 8 am to 5 pm
entrance fees: 55000 kip/person

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5. Tad Yuan Waterfall

Definition of picture-perfect fallDefinition of picture-perfect fall

Located in Champasak Province, this majestic waterfall best fits the definition of a picture-perfect waterfall. Falling 40 meters from a cliff into a pond below, these perfect ribbons of water bring with them mist and spray to make their presence felt. To get close to the falls you have to walk down steep slippery stairs, so comfortable walking shoes are a must. The pool at the base is a great place to cool off and take a swim during the summer months. For those looking for more thrill and adventure there are beautiful forest trails to explore in the surrounding area.

entrance fees: 10,000 kip/person. Motorcycle parking: 5000 persons

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6. Tad Fan Waterfall

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The Bolaven Plateau in Champasak Province in southern Laos is famous for its gorgeous scenery, traditional villages and spectacular waterfalls such as Tad Phen. This stunning twin waterfall amidst the beautiful rainforest falls 100 meters down a steep cliff into a gorge. The journey from Pakse to Tad Fen takes about an hour and is well worth the effort and time spent to get there. The uncharted forest area is great for spotting rare birds, elephants and the elusive leopard.

how to get there: Pakse has a bus station as well as a small airport that connects it to other parts of Laos.

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7. Fa Suam Falls

One of the most uniquely shaped waterfalls in LaosOne of the most uniquely shaped waterfalls in Laos

The first waterfall on the Bolaven Plateau Loop, this is one of the most uniquely shaped Laos waterfalls in a beautiful setting. As you cross the small bamboo suspension bridge, a short walk takes you to this beautiful U shaped waterfall which resembles a huge water bowl. The huge rock pool below is perfect for a refreshing swim while you enjoy the surrounding beauty. A visit to the nearby Model Lava Village is recommended.

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8. Tat Somphamit

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Also called Li Phi Falls by the locals, this magnificent waterfall is located in Don Khon just after crossing the French Bridge. One of the best Laos waterfalls in the south, Tat Somphamit is an endless series of water cascades and pounding waves. The aquamarine water contrasts beautifully against the brown rocks that it intersects, presenting a beautiful picture. The area is well-equipped with trails, wooden bridges and viewpoints that are perfect for great photo sessions. There is also a café and other facilities, as well as a beach for good swimming (need to be cautious as the current is strong).

9. Tad Thong Waterfall

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If you want a less touristy option after the hugely popular Kuang Si Falls and Tad Sae Falls, this set of beautiful Laos waterfalls located deep inside the dense jungle near Luang Prabang is a great option. A 2 km walk through the forest path takes you to three waterfalls. The small lake near the ticket booth is great for a refreshing swim and a picnic around it. Strong shoes, insect repellent and water must be taken with you while travelling.

entrance fees: 20,000 kip/person

10. Nam Kat Waterfall

Autumn is more exciting and funAutumn is more exciting and fun

Located in northern Laos, this spectacular waterfall in Oudomxay is the center of attraction at a government-supported eco-tourism resort. A kilometer long trail through lush bamboo forest and beautiful waterfalls, as well as the ‘Sky-Walk’ with 13 wooden and wire suspension bridges, make autumn hiking even more exciting and fun. A shuttle takes you to the starting point, from where a guide accompanies the group to this less touristy, tranquil and beautiful waterfall.

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