This is going to be a short post about a most wonderful waterfall.
I am one of many people being isolated at home right now in the new age of coronavirus. This can be a very positive experience to reflect and appreciate.
It’s a good opportunity to think about the basic things in life – water flowing through a green forest in the sub-tropics. Deep turquoise colours that seem to belong to another planet. You need to rub your eyes.
Kuang Si Falls are 27 kilometres from World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. This World Heritage listed city has immense significance to Lao people and the growth of Buddhism in South East Asia.
We were lucky enough to venture here over the Christmas break in December 2019. It’s a great time to visit Luang Prabang, as the weather is relatively cool for this part of the world, in additional to having minimal rain.
Kuang Si Falls are not a dangerous torrent of water. They are enticing as you walk through the tranquil forest covered in a deep green canopy of luxurious growth. There’s lush green colours everywhere along the river and track. As you climb through the deep green forest, the waterfall takes a new twist – cascading peacefully through the forest canopy.
It hard to know where to point your camera on the 25 minute walk along the gently rising cascades. There are also plenty of cool clear pools for a norsca shower moment. The final ascent up the hill ends at a small bridge under sheer rock wall with cascading water.
It also worth mentioning that there’s a Sunbear rescue centre at the base of the park, where local volunteers provide a safe shelter to these peaceful animals. They do some great work on a small budget, so it’s worth donating some money to them or buying a T-shirt or two, as we did.
Unfortunately, these bears continue to be at high risk due to Chinese people capturing them and extracting bile from the bears in most inhumane conditions. I do wonder whether nature is delivering some karma back on people through coronavirus and other diseases, when Chinese people encroach on the natural world in an inappropriate manner. Wild animals and natural habitats should be treated with much more respect if we are to live harmoniously on this small planet.
Getting there and away
You can hop on a group bus tour from Luang Prabang, but we hired a car with a driver for the day. Highly recommended as you can set your own timing and agenda.
We stayed at the Mekong Riverview, which is a charming boutique hotel with an excellent view of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Highly recommended, as it is built in traditional style, quite central, but in a very quiet neighbourhood. It’s good value for money. The hotel has a great little restaurant on a platform that overlooks the river and village.
In December 2019, Luang Prabang International Airport was serviced regularly by low cost Scoot Airways from Singapore, in addition to multiple flights from Hanoi, Vientiane (capital of Laos) and Cambodia.