Located around 34km from the town, this delightful spot is definitely worth a visit for anyone that finds themselves in Luang Prabang. There’s plenty of places offering tours and tuk tuks constantly offering rides, but we opted to hire a couple of scooters for the day. What a drive! Another opportunity to see some more of Laos beautiful countryside, winding through the mountains under bright blue skies.
After paying the entrance fee, the walk takes you through an enclosure for several moon bears – the signs do assure you that they have all been rescued from poachers, so it’s lovely to see them playing in the jungle, even if they are unable to be re-released into the wild.
The trail continues to the first of the smaller waterfalls, which although beautiful, were absolutely full of hoards of tourists. So we opted to continue to the larger falls, which get increasingly impressive!
From there you can continue to hike up to the top of the waterfall – which of course we chose to! (I am practically becoming Indiana Jones with all of this jungle exploration – would you believe Hector!) It was fairly short, but very steep, and sandals were perhaps not the best choice of footwear! As not so many people choose to venture to the top, we were able to enjoy the views in blissful peace, and after the very hot hike up, a swim in the cool water at the top of the falls is the perfect way to feel refreshed.
As we started to head back down, we noticed a sign “to the cave”, with a true yolo spirit, we set off on an extra 3km to see what these caves had to offer. A hot, dusty, and longer than anticipated trek later (with a slight incident being chased by a wild cow) we made it! It turned out the caves had a small fee, and the man handed us torches and bananas. The cave was not so pleasant for those of us with slight claustrophobia, and at the end of the VERY dark adventure were some lonely budda statues. Whether this was worth the scrambling, I’m still undecided, but it was an experience nonetheless. There was also a natural spring by the cave, a restful place to recover before we needed to restart the trek to the base of the waterfall.
After one last dip in the pools at the base of the waterfall (which were deserted in the late afternoon) to celebrate making it back, we set off on the drive back as the sun began to set over the mountains – inspiring.
A fabulous day!
With kindest regards,
Jungle Peps xoxo