Free the bears

Free the Bears Rescue center is located inside Kuang Si waterfalls and is free with your entrance to the falls. Once through the entrance and a short stroll away, you will come upon the Free the Bears rescue center. Each of the large enclosures has viewing platforms where you can observe the bears as they snooze and play with one another. The Free the Bears sanctuary provides a home to over forty-five Asiatic Black Bears that have been rescued or confiscated from poachers and illegal wildlife trade. At the moment, they are working hard on a new property so they can provide more housing for more bears in need. They do amazing work and continue to fight for these amazing animals every day.It’s worth noting Free the Bears do not receive any funding from the park. Thus, if you wish to support them, you will find a cash donation box or better yet, buy yourself a souvenir to take home with you.

Near By Attractions

Kuang Si Waterfalls
A short stroll after the bear sanctuary lies the largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls. Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive three tiers of falls. If considering a moderate trek to the very top of the falls, there is a trail to take you there. Bring along your swim gear if planning a swim in the refreshing turquoise pools.
Hours of Operation: 8.00am – 5.30pm daily.

Kuang Si Butterfly Park
Kuang Si Butterfly Park is a short 300 meters from the entrance to Kuang Si waterfalls. It is a lovely eco-attraction focusing on educating local schools and children about biodiversity and the importance of nature.
Hours of Operation: 10:00am – 4:00pm daily.

Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm
On the drive to Kuang Si waterfalls, you will come upon Lao’s first Buffalo Dairy farm. This is a new socially responsible enterprise located in Ban Muang Khay, 4 km. away from Ban Sing and 7 km. from Kuang Si.
Hours of Operation: 9.30am – 5.30pm daily.
Same day booking – 1 hour advance notice preferred


Located just past the entrance into Kuang Si Waterfalls. South of LP.

Dock Location

Ban Sing Village

Free the Bears Activity

Large enclosures with viewing platforms where you can observe the bears as they snooze and fool around with one another.

Hour of Operation

8:00am – 5:30pm daily.


Local restaurants outside the entrance and inside Kuang Si waterfall park. Tip: If enjoying a local lunch at the falls the restaurants outside the entrance tend to be better than the few inside the park itself.
Toilets available outside the entrance and inside Kuang Si waterfall park.
Change rooms available inside the park near designated swimming areas.

Cruising Time

Departing LP: 1hr downriver.
Return to LP: 1hr 30 mins upriver.

Land Transportation

Ban Sing to Free the Bears & Kuang Si waterfalls is 11 km. Approx. 15 minutes.Note: Transportation should be arranged prior to arriving in Ban Sing. Local drivers don’t wait to pick-up visitors up at this location. Given that it is inland slightly and off the main road.