Types of CruiseDurationPrivateMax. Capacity
Guided – Kuang Si7 hrsYes30

MKUANG SI WATERFALLS CRUISE & TOUR

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 to Ban Sing. 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 and your journey continues on land. On the way from Ban Sing 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, or meet the rescued bears at the Bear Rescue Centre that were destined for the bile factories. 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.

MORE ABOUT THIS KUANG SI CRUISE & TOUR

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Tad Kuang Si Waterfalls & Free the Bears Rescue Center

Kuang Si Waterfalls (Tad Kuang Si)

  • Distance to Ban Sing: 11km (15mins drive)
  • Approximate time required for visit: 1 hour
  • The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls, Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive
    three tiers of falls, culminating in a sensational 50-meter cascade down into a series of mineral-rich
    turquoise pools. Pathways lead you through the forest towards a charming wooden bridge where you’ll
    be able to admire the falls in all their splendour. For the adventurous, a trail to the side of the falls leads
    you to the very top where you’ll find a beautiful pool with the view of the mountains beyond it. 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!

+ Lunch at Kuang Si Waterfalls

  • You may choose to have a local lunch at the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfalls.
  • Approximately 45 minutes to 1-hour required.

+ 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).
  • Do note for the return journey some sections of the trails may be steeper when descending.

Tad Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

  • Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: located inside the Kuang Si Waterfalls, right by the entrance.
    Approximate time required for visit: 30mins
  • Tad Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is an animal rescue sanctuary located right by the entrance of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Also known as “Free the Bears sanctuary”, it provides a home to over 50 Asiatic Black Bears who were rescued from poachers who intended to sell them to bile-harvesting farms beyond Laos’ borders. Each of the large enclosures have viewing platforms where you can watch the bears as they eat, snooze and fool around. It is worth nothing that this sanctuary does not receive any money from the park entrance fees, thus any support in the way of donations or merchandise purchase is welcome to help them maintain the rescue centre.

Optional Tour Attractions & Activities

On the way from Ban Sing 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

  • Approximate time required for visit: 1.5 hours
  • 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. Ms. Phai and her husband used to work on large passenger
    boats travelling between Thailand and Luang Prabang, with her husband as the captain and Ms. Phai as the cook on-board. Now, 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. See “Choice of Lunch Options” for menus.

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm

  • Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: 7km (10mins drive). Approximate time required for visit: 1 hour
  • 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.

Kuang Si Butterfly Park

  • Distance to Kuang Si Waterfalls: 300m (2mins drive)
    Approximate time required for visit: 1 hour
  • 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.

+ Lunch at Kuang Si Butterfly Park

  • You may choose to have lunch at the little café in the grounds of the Butterfly Park.
  • Approximately 45mins to 1-hour required.
  • See “Choice of Lunch Options” for menus.

Choice of Lunch Options

  • Ban Saleuan Village Lunch with Ms. Phai
    Savour an authentic Lao lunch prepared with delicious fresh ingredients, cooked by Ms. Phai herself.
  • 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.
  • Traditional Lao Lunch at Kuang Si Waterfalls
    Enjoy a delicious local lunch surrounded on your visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Optional Tour Add-Ons

  • English-speaking tour host – Adele.

The Crew

  • Professional boat captain.
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide.

What’s Included/Not Included

Included:

  • Transportation to and from the boat. (Hotel pick-up)
  • Land transportation from Ban Sing to Kuang Si waterfalls.
  • Entrance fees to Kuang Si waterfalls.
  • Entrance fees to Butterfly Park or Buffalo Dairy Farm.
  • Lunch. See options.
  • Chilled beer Lao. (On-board)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages. (On-board)
  • Traditional Lao snacks. (On-board)
  • On-board music system.
  • Safe and potable drinking water on-board. We are conscious about cutting back on plastic and preserving our natural environment so we use refillable water bottles on all our cruises and top up the bottles from a 5-gallon jug.

Not included:

  • Towels for swimming.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Crew gratuities.

What To Bring

  • Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.
  • Sun protection.
  • Bug spray.
  • Swimming gear and towel if swimming at the falls.

Things To Consider

  • If you are stopping at a temple, please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully to enter a religious site. All villages have their own local temple, so kindly take note of this if you
    wish to pay them a visit.
  • If you’re 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 heading to Kuang Si, do consider what time you would like to have lunch.
  • Should you wish to visit the 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 visitor to please be aware of your own fitness levels and take this into consideration on your tours.
  • 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.
  • The season and 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.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

  • Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 8AM and 1130PM depending on the season and availability.
  • We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. 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.

Prices

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