A Classic Luang Prabang Experience

Experience one of Luang Prabang’s biggest attractions in this classic tour experience of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. On your way to the main attraction, you’ll also have the option to explore other interesting pockets of Luang Prabang such as having an authentic Lao lunch in the village of Ban Saleuan, visiting the Kuang Si Butterfly Park, tour Lao’s very first Buffalo Dairy Farm, and visiting a Bear Rescue Centre. Build-your-own itinerary and create a tailored experience for your explorations of Luang Prabang’s most beautiful sights.

Your tour departs from Luang Prabang where a tour guide, a traditional Lao slow boat and its captain will be waiting to take you for a cruise south. Take in the sights as you cruise down the Mekong river, from local Lao villages and fishermen, to vibrant green forests and striking limestone mountains. The boat will dock in Ban Sing or Ban Muang Khay where your journey continues on land. On the way to Kuang Si Waterfalls, you can learn about sustainable cheese made from buffalo milk at the Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm, admire the beauty and grace of indigenous Laos butterflies at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park, and meet the rescued bears at the Bear Rescue Centre that were destined for illegal animal trade. In between all that exploring, grab lunch at the Butterfly Park or have a picnic by the Kuang Si Waterfalls. For a truly local experience, opt for an authentic Lao village lunch in Ban Saleuan. The rest of your day can be spent climbing the trails to the top of the falls, taking a dip in the refreshing pools, or just simple relaxing and taking in the beauty of Tad Kuang Si.

Nava Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

7 Guests

Cruise Capacity

Private 7hr

Kuang Si Waterfalls & More

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

40 Guests

Cruise Capacity


Additional Information

Tad Kuang Si Waterfalls & Free the Bears Rescue Center

Kuang Si Waterfalls

The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si. The water in Kuang Si’s shallow pools remains cool throughout the year and is a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike – especially in summer when you need an escape from the scorching heat!

Distance to Ban Sing: 11km (15m drive)

Distance to Ban Muang Khay: 7km (8m drive)

Approximate time required for visit: 1 hour

+ Swimming at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise blue waters of Tad Kuang Si.

Approximately 45 minutes to 1-hour required.

+ Trek to the top of Kuang Si Waterfalls

You may choose to trek up to the top of the Kuang Si Waterfalls and visit the peaceful oasis that lies at its peak.

Approximately 1-hour required for trek (return). Depending on your pace.

Tad Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

Tad Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre also known as “Free the Bears sanctuary”, provides a home to over 50 Asiatic Black Bears. It is worth nothing that this sanctuary does not receive any money from the park entrance fees, thus any support in the way of a donation or purchase of their merchandise, helps them maintain the rescue centre.

Located inside the Kuang Si Waterfalls, not far from the entrance.

Approximate time required for visit: 30m.

Optional Tour Attractions & Activities

Via land and on route to Kuang Si Waterfalls, there lies a number of interesting attractions that are worth paying a little visit to. We’ve highlighted a few of them here, do let us know which attractions/activities you’d like to have on your tour. Total visit time for the waterfalls and all attractions/activities chosen should not exceed 4.5 hours.

Ban Saleuan Village Lunch with Ms. Phai

You’ll be warmly welcomed into the home of Ms. Phai, a San Baleuan local who is a long-time friend of
Bounmi’s and a fantastic lunch host! Savour an authentic Lao lunch prepared with delicious fresh ingredients, cooked by Ms. Phai herself. She whips up delicious Lao dishes in her modest kitchen for visitors. Whilst she may not speak English, she will most certainly shower you with the warmest hospitality while you are the guests in her home – a universal gesture which transcends a common language.

Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: Ban Saleuan is across the river from Ban Sing (5m boat). Ban Sing is 11km (15m drive).

Approximate time required for visit: 1.5hrs.

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm

Located 7km from Kuang Si Waterfalls, you’ll come across Lao’s first Buffalo Dairy Farm. This new socially-responsible enterprise is located in Ban Muang Khay and they are pioneering a brand-new
industry in Laos – sustainable cheese. Run by a group of expatriates who now call Luang Prabang home, they started a commercial dairy and production facility to produce yoghurt, cheese, and ice cream for local and overseas consumption – staples that were part of their diet that was hard to find in Laos.

Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: 7km (8m drive).

Approximate time required for visit: 1hr.

Kuang Si Butterfly Park

The Kuang Si Butterfly Park is one of Luang Prabang’s top eco-attractions. Located near the entrance of the Kuang Si Waterfalls, the Butterfly Park aims to raise awareness about the vulnerability of Laos’ ecosystem and educate visitors about the value of preservation of local nature and wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to wander through their landscaped rock gardens and learn about many varieties of butterflies and tropical plants that are on display.

Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: 300m (2m drive)

Approximate time required for visit: 1hr.

Optional Tour Add-On

Expat Tour Host & Bounmi Managing Director – Adele

If you would like to enjoy a little expat insight and hospitality. Adele would be happy to join you. See pricing.

Note: On this Kuang Si cruise guests will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide (Local guides are required and included in your cruise).

Options for Lunch

Lunch with Ms. Phai in Ban Saleuan Village

Stop for a local village lunch prepared with delicious fresh ingredients, cooked by Ms. Phai herself.

Traditional Lao Lunch at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Enjoy a local lunch on your visit at Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Lunch at the Butterfly Park Café

Enjoy a light lunch with delicious baguettes and coffee at this charming café on the beautiful grounds of the Kuang Si Butterfly Park.

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Our guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captains are local experts on the river and safety conscious.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0800AM and 1100PM depending on the season and availability.

Meeting the Boat

We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. Within city limits.

If you would like to make your own way to the boat, the confirmation of dock will be provided at the time of your booking.

If staying within walking distance of the Mekong, we ask that you meet us on the Mekong. We will provide the location to the most convenient dock in relation to your hotel.

What’s Included/Not Included


Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up within city limits).

Licensed English-speaking tour guide (required).

Land transportation between the boat & Kuang Si.

Entrance fees to Kuang Si waterfalls.

Entrance fees to Butterfly Park or Buffalo Dairy Farm.

Lunch (as per itinerary choices).

Chilled beer Lao & non-alcoholic beverages and water (on-board).

Traditional Lao snacks (on-board).

On-board music system.

Karaoke (Nava Thip only).

Not Included

Expat tour host (optional).

Towels for swimming.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

What To Bring

What to Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Swimming gear and towel if swimming at the falls.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

If visiting the Butterfly Park during winter months, afternoons will be much better for seeing the butterflies in action as it gives them some time to warm up for some activity.

If you’re planning on enjoying lunch with Ms. Phai before or after heading to Kuang Si, do consider what time you would like to have lunch. This should be arranged before or after Kuang Si activities.

When visiting local villages and temples along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each of our guests to please be aware of your own fitness level and to take this into consideration on your tour.

Cultural Considerations

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering any religious site in Laos. Villages have their own local temples, so kindly take note of this if you wish to pay them a visit.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Note: Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. It is also impolite to step over or through people sitting down.

When at temple and in the presence of a monk and/or elder, one should consider their body and head position, in relation too the monk(s) or elder(s) in the room. One should not stand directly above or pass over top another person’s head, especially a monk and/or elder. In general, it is best not to touch another persons head if you don’t know them. Children included.

Responsible Tourism

We kindly ask our guests not to hand out money to children in the villages they visit. Should you wish to support any of the villages or temples that you come across, please let us know and we’ll be happy to advise on how to do that responsibly.

Seasons & Temperatures

Dry season is between Nov – Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. Rainy season is between May – Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Cruise Rates

Price per Adult
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.