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Review of Tad Sae Waterfall

Tad Sae Waterfall
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

When being in Luang Prabang every Tuk-Tuk driver offers to bring you to this spot, which is a few kilometres from town. Tad Sae is not the kind of waterfall I would have anticipated, because the water falls in several steps, the highest of which is just a few metres. Moreover they are not perennial that means from Feb/March on they are completely dried out. Therefore its most fun to visit them right after the rainy season.
I've visited the falls in the morning (9 a.m.), when there were no crowds of people. There are few bathing spots and several bamboo footbridges leading over the waters. The air is pretty wet and hot, so that going into the water is very refreshing. Changing cubicles are avaiable. One of the elephant camps is right at the falls so that bathing with them might be a great thing to do. When I've been there in the end of September the stream was really strong, so that swimming was a hard job. Apart from that there is also kind of a ropeway through the treetops. Unfortunately I didn't have time to try it.

Thank Stefan G
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

We went here for a morning trip out of town. The main falls are about 500m from the car park, and you can get there by going past some caged bears. It was the dry season when we visited so the flow of water was a little less than normal however they were still stunning. Just down from the main falls, there are smaller falls which is a popular swimming hole, complete with basic changing rooms and a rope swing into the water. The water is a bit milky from the limestone, but very refreshing. The chances are you will be nibbled at by some of the small fish in the pool, which is a bit of a shock at first, but quite nice once oyu relax.

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Reviewed February 19, 2009

Our intentions were to do a 1 day trek to Kuang Si waterfall. We initially made a booking with Green Discovery as they have been quoted as being a safe and reliable tour operator (there are MANY tour agencies in LP). The rates quoted are dependent on the number of travellers. As there were only the two of us, they were quite reluctant to take us and we were also quite reluctant to pay $54 per person instead of $31 had there been 4 people in the group. They were very apologetic and refunded our booking fully! We then popped over next door to the White Elephant to do the '1 day trek to waterfall' which we presumed was the Kuang Si watefall as stated in their brochure. It cost about $40 per person for a 5 hour trek which included trekking through hill tribe villages and a fantastic local guide! The ride was about 30 mins outside of LP where we began our trek. The first half of it was pretty tough (we're not experienced trekkers but in reasonable fitness condition) which included steep inclines but there were adequate rest stops every hour. We had our packed lunch at a village. The food was cooked by the Derek's (proprietor) wife and was absolutely amazing. We arrived at the Tad Sae waterfall 5 hours later and couldn't wait to throw ouselves in there! The waterfall itself wasn't that spectacular but bearing in mind it was coming up to the dry season. We then took the boat down to the next village where the tuk tuk brought us back to LP. It wasn't until then we realized it wasn't Kuang Si waterfall we ha just returned from!

So we went back into the White Elephant that evening and spoke to Derek who was apologetic having realized that it was Kuang Si that we wanted to go to. He also explained that the trek to Kuang Si has not been available for almost a year due to poor trekking conditions. Overall, we would have preferred to see the signature waterfall of Luang Prabang, but this trek was absolutely amazing with a fantastic local guide. The White Elephant, like Green Discovery, is a eco-certified company which is always a plus in regions like Laos.

1  Thank noxioust
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Reviewed September 24, 2007

I went to the Tat Sae waterfalls in September, which is supposedly the wet season and the falls were in full flow. They're not tall but very expansive and the water is a little milky from the limestone, I think.

The place is lovely and has a very nice, friendly feel to it. I went on a weekday and there were hardly any visitors there. The place is clean and well maintained, with a small restaurant and a stall selling fruits. The main pool seems to be paved in concrete so it's level without dips and bumps - and risks of sudden deep pools.

The water is cold and clean and you can get a nice massage by sitting under one of the numerous falls.

We were lucky enough to see domesticated elephants taking a bath while at the falls. I'd recommend this to anyone as an outing from Luang Prabang.

7  Thank Leeyuk
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Reviewed June 13, 2007

We went to the falls on a side trip from an elephant excursion. In June, the falls are very small due to the lack of water. It is easy to see how beautiful they would be while flowing, but be aware that they are not year-round.

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