Kuang Si Waterfalls

Kuang Si waterfalls are located south of Luang Prabang and can be visited by land or boat. Keeping in mind that most visitors choose to visit Kuang Si by land and with Pak Ou caves in the north, this leaves the south with less boat traffic and peaceful scenic cruising.Guest’s traveling to Kuang Si by boat will disembark in Ban Sing. Head up to the village where transportation will be waiting to take you on your adventure. Ban Sing is located 11 km. from Kuang Si and it takes approximately 15-minutes to reach the falls.

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 before spilling into a series of mineral-rich turquoise pools. Pathways lead up through the shaded forest alongside the pools’ edges to reach a wooden bridge where the falls can be enjoyed in all their splendor.

If considering a moderate trek to the very top of the falls, there is a trail to take you there. Visitors are directed to go up using one trail. However, you may choose to go back down the same way or make a loop and come down the other side of the falls. This latter path is steeper and is the reason the park no longer wants visitors to go up this way. Altogether, the trek can take about an hour round-trip depending on your pace.

The water in Kuang Si’s shallow pools remains cool throughout the year. This makes it a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer months when escaping the heat becomes a priority. Designated swimming areas are marked with change rooms are nearby.

 NearBy Attractions
  • Free the Bears Rescue Center
    Free the Bears Rescue center is located inside Kuang Si waterfalls and is free with your entrance to the falls. It’s worth noting that they do not receive any funds from the park itself. Thus, if you want to support them, there is a donation box or better yet, buy yourself a souvenir to take home with you. They do amazing work for these bears.
    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

South of Luang Prabang.

Dock Location

Ban Sing

Kuang Si Waterfalls Activities

Trekking to the top of the waterfall – Approx. 1hr return depending on fitness level and pace.
Swimming in the refreshing turquoise pool of Tad Kuang Si.

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 village to Kuang Si Butterfly Park 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.