Exploring Luang Prabang wouldn’t be complete until one visits the Pak Ou Caves and the 2 waterfalls: Tat Kuang Si and Tad Sae. Pak Ou Caves and either of the 2 waterfalls can be clubbed in a single day tour but the falls are so special that you would want to spent a whole day there refining your swimming skills. Tickets for this and many other tours are sold by local tour agencies (which are in plenty in Luang Prabang). Tickets are also available at almost all of the hostels and resorts. After the half day boat tour to the Caves, the falls preferably Tat Kuang Si can be visited in the afternoon; but if you are not on a tight schedule, it is greatly recommended to spend a day at the falls.
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The adjectives magical and mystical wouldn’t truly define Tat Kuang Si falls for the experience is just out of the world. The main 200 feet waterfalls cascade as it flows downwards and forms pools perfect for swimming. The white mist and the turquoise blue pools with wooden walkways built across it amidst green forest cover is magical. It is possible to hike to the top of the falls but the path is extremely slippery. There is a restaurant and numerous changing rooms and toilets near the falls. The whole premises is clean and the authorities have managed to promote tourism without hurting the nature; thereby justifying the 20,000 kip entrance fee. Nearby there is a rehabilitation center of wild bears rescued from poachers which is worth a visit.