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“What a disappointment ”

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 16, 2014 via mobile

We decided to walk from the centre of Luang Prabang and really felt the heat and the gradient. Seemed more like 10K than 4K. Would not recommend walking and when you get there the road is so gravelly and bumpy that a tuk tuk would also be uncomfortable. When we got there we were met by a guy with two sets of ticket books. One for 10,000kip and the other for 20,000kip. I know this because he produced the wrong ticket book first and hastily tried to hide it away. I asked why the two prices and he could not explain. I realise that by western standards the price difference is minimal Felt a bit ripped off and when we saw the falls we felt the same emotion again. I know it is the dry season but was most disappointed. Only recommend walking if you are fit or need to lose weight

9  Thank garlic1927
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RobReznik, Guest Relations Manager at Tad Thong Waterfall, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

Hi and many thanks for your Review - I was lucky enough to be helping at the Tad Thong up to Spring of 2013 and, whilst I am now in the UK, still have a passionate interest in it. Your poor review marking it as 'terrible' has come as a surprise but reading your comments I can understand why. The actual distance from the centre of town is about 8km's and if you would have read the location description i wrote before leaving you would have seen this - it mentions from the outskirts of town 4Km's plus 2.8Km's - I'm not quite sure why when leaving the centre of LP you thought it was only 4Km's?? It also states walking is for the 'more enthusiastic' - I would have thought common sense from a traveler would make them more wary during the heat of the dry season or did you need this pointing out? the location description also mentions that during the end of the dry season the water will reduce to a 'trickle' so not sure again why you felt 'ripped off' that the waterfall wasn't more spectacular?? I'm sure that by the time you arrived there you were too tired to actually do the Jungle Walk which is more what the Thad Thong is about.

As a fellow Brit, European and lucky to be born in a wealthier Country, I am embarrassed to read your point regarding feeling 'ripped off' at paying more than local Laos people - the practice of charging locals less money for visiting places in their own Country is very common in third World Countries - we are visitors/guests to these Counties and they have as much, if not more right, to visit these type of places than we do - if you understand that the average salary of a Laos person is just above $100 per month (around £63) you will see that the locals pay around 15 times more in real terms to enter than you did!! Please understand in your future travels that not everyone you see is as fortunate as yourself!

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We rented a mountain bike in Luang Prabang and it took us approx.20 minutes to ride to Tad Thong. The bike gave us not only a flexibility but we also felt that the fee of 150 000kip that the tuk tuk drivers wanted for the ride was overpriced.

The setting is lovely and there are several small tables and stool dispersed along the creek.
The 2 km trail that goes around the falls and pools is not kept in shape and the result are broken bridges, very slippery sections of the trail where the creek is running on the trail.

We felt that Tad Thong has a potential but they need to do more then charge a high entrance fee.

Thank Boleslav
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

We decided to walk from Luang Prabang to the nature trail as opposed to hiring a tuk tuk, and would recommend it! It's a fair distance (about 9/10 km) to the start of the trail, but it gets you away from all the touristy spots. The instructions on trip advisor were perfect. Next time however, I would ride a bike instead of walking there as it would be quicker along the road.
The waterfalls were beautiful, and there were various little picnic tables along the trail. I would advise you wear sensible footwear as there are makeshift bridges to cross and the ground some of the way is uneven.

Thank Traveller10205
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

While every tourist knows Kuang Si Waterfalls, this place is known to "the happy few" (mostly to local people) only. This is its great advantage:it's still a very quiet and peaceful place. To go there, you have to hire a tuktuk in Luang Prabang. The road ends near a little lake with a nice restaurant. To reach the two waterfalls, you have to hike on a signposted path through beautiful rainforest. In the dry season, there is not much water in the first one, but the walk itself is worthwile. You have to wear good shoes as the way down can be slippery, especially in the rainy season.

Thank Christian H
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The waterfalls themselves are not nearly as impressive as the other falls in LP, however, the walking trail is completely worth the trip. When we went we had the trail all to ourselves and didn't see a single other person on it. Negotiate a tuk-tuk to take you to Tad Thong in the morning to walk the trail and then to Tad Sae to go for a swim, as we did. It is a great way to spend a day in LP.

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