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“beautiful nature walk - with butterflies”

Tad Thong Waterfall
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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.
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Once we finally convinced the hotel staff that we wanted to go here and not Tad Sae, they arranged a songthaew for us for the 30 - 40 minute ride from the hotel. Even though this is the dry season there was enough water to make the falls pretty to look at, not spectacular like Kuang Si, but the appeal of this place is the opportunity to get out in nature without a mob scene. The trail is well maintained and paved, there are some parts with a lot of stairs, we just took our time and enjoyed the scenery and the butterflies. It was late morning and we met only 2 other groups of people the whole time.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Great day trip from Luang Prabang. We rented mountain bikes from one of the many shops on the main street and cycled there from town. I would recommend a bike with gears as it's half on a paved road and half on a gravel track. There are great views once you're off the main road. We took the ride quite slowly and it took us around 45mins to 1 hour to get there. It's mainly uphill on the way there, so much quicker on the way back.

There's a nice little restaurant at the foot of the trail & a lake where you can swim to cool off. The trail itself is paved & well maintained. As we went in the dry season there wasn't much water coming down the waterfalls so they weren't as impressive as Kuang Si, but trail itself and the sounding scenery was stunning. It was also great to get away from the crowds.

There is also a chance to witness real life in a local village a short way up a track off the main loop. If you're in Luang Prabang for a few days, it's definitely worth a visit.

5  Thank DiscoStuRogers
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

It is wanderfull to visit this waterfalls in the steamy afternoon, cold water there is non forgetable medicin for body and brain... nice place for all.

Thank Mike L
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Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

I'm so glad we made it here. Accessible by bicycle or moped from Luang Prabang this park is hidden away down a track. It consists of a gorgeous lake, falls and trail. It shouldn't really be sold as a waterfall attraction as that's not really what is it about and it shouldn't be compared to Tad Kuang Si.
The beauty of this place is that it is so quiet and peaceful! We only saw four other tourists. The lake is murky due to the silt but it seems to be clean. I swam in it and it was beautifully refreshing. There is a new helpful map of the trails and unlike most places, they are really well paved and easy to walk.

I wish we had arrived earlier to spend more than a couple of hours there. Apparently the cafe food is pretty good too although we didn't sample it. This place is likely to change in the not to distant future to become more touristic or disappear all together if not supported so I would urge you to go now and enjoy the tranquility!

Thank Drizzy
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The tuk tuk ride from Luang Prabang to this waterfall is about 30 minutes, half on a dirt road so be prepared with sunglasses and maybe a mask for the dust. Upon arrival of the waterfall, there is a nice pond area and an eatery. There is a small set of waterfalls just at the entrance which were nice. The main waterfall (from what I understand) was about a 45+ minute hike from the entrance which was a fairly nice, cool hike (plus humidity) with picnic tables scattered along the way. When we finally reached the waterfall, it was rather uneventful. Even when we walked down to get a better view of it, we couldn't get to an angle in which we could fully admire the fall. The hike was nice but the waterfall was not that great. My main complaint is that there weren't any signs of how much further we needed to hike in order to come across the waterfall which would have been nice.

1  Thank ladylene
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