Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos

On one of our last days in Luang Prabang, we booked a half-day tour to Kuang Si Waterfalls. I was excited to get back to the natural beauty of Laos after spending a few days in the busier city of Luang Prabang.

As we hiked to the main fall, we passed by some smaller pools with some people choosing to take a tip and cool off in them. I was a little underwhelmed until I saw the big kahuna--the main waterfall, which is massive, strong, powerful, and beautiful. Standing on the bridge about 50 yards away from the falls for more than 10 minutes will undoubtedly leave you mostly soaked from the spray blowing from the falls. 

After admiring the falls from the bridge we (well, Brad really) decided it would be cool to hike up to the top of the waterfall. We started up and soon realized we would need to hike up a fairly steep and significantly muddy trail. Of course, I was in flip flops, which always seems to be the case when we find ourselves on a physically demanding adventure. 

Here's a view of what the terrain looked like. Brad snapped this picture from above. He said he purposely stayed well ahead of me because he thought I would convince him to turn back if he remained within earshot. He was right. 

We finally made it to the top which consisted of a series of small pools (with slippery rocks) and a low fence indicating the danger zone where the large waterfall started to form. After the strenuous hike up, I wanted nothing to do with the edge, but Brad was a little braver and more curious than me and he took a peak over the fence, and snapped these pictures. 


{Crossing the small pools at the top, barefoot}

Much to my relief, it soon started sprinkling so we decided we should probably head back down. This time, we took a different route with a more carved path, including this awesome stairway which was literally built right on the waterfall. 

Aside from a quick slip and fall on my bottom, we made it safely down and spent another 15 minutes or so basking in the beauty of this marvelous waterfall. 

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