Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Tat Kuang Si

Tat means waterfall so the name is the place means Kuang Si Waterfall. Located about 30 kilometres southwest of Luang Prabang, it is a popular tourist attraction.

The first thing that struck me was the mesmerising turqoise colour and clarity of the water. Oh, and not to mention the cleanliness of the place. I suppose this was what the entrance fee contributed to.

I wondered if it was mineral in the limestone that formed the different basins and also caused the colour of the water to be such. So many people were there, both in and out of the water at the different levels of the cascade. I opted to just dip my fingers to feel how cold the water was - freezing.

Of course, there were swings and self-invented diving platforms.

The different basins meant that there were quiet spots, too. However, some spots were closed to public as they were deemed sacred spots.

The waterfall flows all year round, with less water from March to May and more water from June to October. Seriously, Laos may be a landlocked country but if all their waterfalls were like this one, they more than make up for the sea - okay, minus the surfing.

The main falls is 60 metres of height and from the bottom, we could see people at the top. We did not bother to climb, as we were happy enough with what we saw on the way up. Definitely worth a visit if in Luang Prabang.

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