Kuwang Si Falls arguably wins the title for “most magical waterfall in South East Asia” in my book. It’s 30 km from Luang Prabang, and is a must see if you’re planning a trip to Luang Prabang. The best option is to rent a motobike for the day and leave early in the morning before the tour buses drop groups off. The falls in the morning are peaceful, quiet and tranquil. Most travel photos you see will edit the color of the water dramatically; but these photos are unedited and taken from my phone. The algae make the water shades of turquoise and jade and it will make other famous falls like Niagara Falls (North America) and Iguazu Falls (Brazil) seem like dirty toilets.
There are several tiers of waterfalls before you reach the main falls. You’re still allowed to swim in pools of water (be sure to be respectful and cover up) – no bikinis.
Here’s the main attraction, the water flows over cascading rocks. The slightly hollow rocks create a symphony as water pours over it. Really take your time to enjoy and be inspired by God’s creations.
Along either side of the falls you can climb to the top and see the river where the falls begin. You can even cross it to get some panoramic views of Laos wilderness.