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“Your own private Ferngully awaits” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tad Thong Waterfall

Tad Thong Waterfall
Ban Houay Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Owner description: Directions; from the end of the night market road (Post Office end) turn left at the cross roads. Straight on until you reach 'T' junction then turn right. Go straight on out of town for about 4Km's and turn right where sign posted 'Tad Thong Waterfall' for a further 2.8Km's.The 500 hectare Tad Thong Nature Conservation area is easily accessible by Tuk Tuk, Car, Scooter, bicycle (geared preferably) or, for the more enthusiastic, on foot.Tad Thong is just 6km’s from Luang Prabang and offers a unique, paved, approx. 45 minute walk through dense jungle. For years the path has been hidden away from the public but is now open again for you to experience the beauty of the natural jungle and huge trees that once covered much of the land in this part of Asia.There is a Khmu village just off the trail which can be visited and when you have finished the walk you may wish to take a swim in the lake or eat and drink at the Restaurant. The waterfalls are spring fed, as are many of the falls in the area, and will reduce in size to just a trickle by the end of the dry season - but the Tad Thong area is more impressive as a Nature Jungle walk so the waterfalls should be looked at as a bonus and not the main reason for visiting.
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“Your own private Ferngully awaits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We hired mountain bikes (30k each) and set off past the minibus stop and supermarket and turned right at the second dirt track which IS signposted. Mountain bikes are a must as it is pretty much uphill all the way and makes an excellent thigh workout!
We didn't arrive until 2pm and found we had the place to ourselves. For 20k entry you can enjoy a swim in their lake (we didn't dive off the jetty for fear it wasn't deep enough as the water is murky but since heard its 3 metres deep) which we had absolutely to ourselves with only the fish for company. The best bit for us though was the forested walk. The Laotians have completely paved the way through what feels like the jungle, you are almost completely encased in Forrest surrounded by nature and ginormous trees. It took us just 45 mins to walk the route and celebrated with another dook.
While were there there were a number of people working laboriously around erecting bamboo maps, lamposts with rice hats and building walls and bridges. I suspect that in a years time this will be THE place to go. The pool needs work, it's definitely rustic but having the place absolutely to ourselves in glorious sunshine with lush greens all around surely made the arduous journey worth it.

Visited December 2012
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“You MUST visit Tad Thong Waterfalls or they will close!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

For the independent traveller who wants to get away from the crowds, ignore all of the enticements to get you to go on the organised trips to the larger falls at Kuang Si and hire yourself a mountain bike in Luang Prabang (40,000 kip is the going rate or less than £3.50 for a day) and cycle out past the Southern Bus Station. 2.5 km from there on the right is a sign for the Tad Thong Waterfalls 2.8 km on unmade up road. It is a gentle uphill nearly all the way but you will benefit from that when you come back. Cost of entry is 20,000 kip (about £1.60). Walk through the jungle path around the falls anticlockwise (warning: you need to be reasonably fit as there are probably over 1000 steps). Take your time and you may need to allow 1.5 hours with rest stops and picnic places but it can be done in about 30 minutes. You can even take a refreshing dip in a pool towards the end if lucky enough to have the place to yourself. That is the problem. Not enough people are going there and there is an Englishman helping on a voluntary temporary basis to get the falls more widely known and also help them make it more attractive to visitors. He is doing a sterling job but without more visitors it will close as it has been for the last 4 years. It needs a minimum of 50 visitors a day just to break even as they employ 5 local staff. The day we visited only 3 people visited before 2.30 and we were two of them!
So get yourself out there and spend half of your day enjoying the peace and tranquility of this marvellous spot. Better still, spend a bit in the cafe/restaurant. The rest of your day you can cycle around beautiful Luang Prabang before returning your bike and enjoying the evening street and food markets!

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“Walk through a stunning pocket of old growth forest just outside of Luang Prabang”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

Enjoy some time in nature without the crowds on this lovely, rubbish free, paved walk through a stunning valley of old growth sub tropical rain forest. No guide needed, just hire a bicycle (with gears) and ride south and up hill out of town. Turn off on the right, clearly marked, after about 3kms and continue riding uphill to the entrance gate. Enjoy a cool swim by some pretty waterfalls, do the walk, see some butterflies and massive trees and finish with a drink at the small little restaurant in a clearing at the end. An excellent half day trip from LP.

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“"visit Tad Thong Waterfall before it gets spoiled by tourists"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Tad Thong waterfall is a must see unique place if you want to get away from the crowded waterfalls around Luang Prabang.To be honest the Kunag Si waterfall is much more spectacular but what Tad Thong can offer you it is the uninterrupted nature.I had a feeling it is like a wall trying to block out the sounds of the world behind the waterfall.What I have enjoyed during our peaceful 45 minutes natur walk was that we haven't met any tourists!! The trail has nice little picnic places where you can sit, relax and listen the waterfall. Visit Tad Thong now before it gets spoiled by tourists...

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“An undiscovered gem..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Located about 6km out from the center of Luang Prabang, Tadthong waterfall and the surrounding property are an undiscovered gem of beauty and peace. The first waterfall you see upon arrival is not the largest you will encounter if you take the 40 minute hike on the stone path that circles the property. The hike can be done clockwise or counter clockwise, with the clockwise direction offering a greater physical challenge. During our hike we could always hear the water and were treated to several different species of butterfly. The jungle foliage is lush and thick, which increases the enjoyment of the walk. There is also a restaurant on site which serves very nice food and drinks. As of now the falls are virtually unknown and rarely visited, although I expect this will quickly change. A British expat by the name of Rob is currently helping out with getting the place up and running. He is passionate about the property and his joy of being there is infectious. He was extremely gracious to my wife and myself during out visit. Our falls visit has been our highlight in Laos to date.

Visited November 2012
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