A visit to the bear rescue centre is a fantastic way to spend the day.

Based at the popular Tat Kuang Si waterfall the rescue centre cares for a number of Asiatic Black Bears that have been rescued by the Lao authorities from the illegal wildlife trade.  The centre is supported by Free The Bears Fund Inc. (an Australian charity) and does not charge an entrance fee. (Note: There is a small charge to enter the waterfall area however none of this is received by the rescue centre and they do not make an additional charge to visit the bears)

 A great time to visit the bears is around 1 p.m. as this usually coincides with the feeding time and visitors can watch as the bears search around the large forested enclosure looking for their food and any special treats of the day.

 As well as the chance to get a great view of the bears or watch them playing from a viewing platform the centre also has a lot of information on the bears here and details of the horrific bile farm industry which is likely the reason that the bears were hunted.

 The centre relies on donations from the public in order to operate and visitors can make donations on site or purchase exclusive souvenir t-shirts.  All of the profits from the t-shirts and donations go towards helping to look after the bears of Laos.

 Of course, after visiting the bears there is still the opportunity of seeing everything else that Tat Kuang Si has to offer - breathtaking waterfalls and spectacular swimming pools!  All in all - The perfect day trip from the perfect town in the nicest country in South East Asia!