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Why Tad Sae Waterfall is special ?
The falls pour over beautiful limestone formations across a variety of levels into large pools below, which are fantastic to swim in. Tad Sae is only reached by boat, making it quite an adventure and an opportunity to retreat into nature and get close to the locals who head there in groups over the weekend. If you prefer peace and tranquillity then you’re better off visiting during the week. The water is cool, offering swimmers a refreshing dip which is best experienced from August through to November. If you’re visiting Luang Prabang at any other time then head to Kuang Si waterfall instead.
What to explore at Tad Sae Waterfall?
Most locals bring something to sit on and enjoy a picnic close to the falls where there are also a few waterwheels. The waterfall is located about 20km away from the centre of Luang Prabang but it’s definitely worth a trip during rainy season, outside of this time the falls are pretty dry and most likely will prove disappointing. The waterfall is located close to the Ban Amen village on the Nam Khan River. It’s a ten-minute boat ride from there to Tad Sae.
How to get to Tad Sae Waterfall?
A tuk tuk can only take you as far as the banks of the river and then a boat serves as transport across to the falls (10,000 kip). Kuang Si has overtaken Tae Sae in popularity, but during the wet season tour operators streamline the process of getting there and offer shared transport at better rates than you can negotiate for yourself unless you're travelling with a sizeable party.
During the wet season, you can reserve a seat in a minivan or tuk tuk for around 50,000 kip. Chartering a tuk tuk for the return trip to the falls (including waiting time) should cost around 150,000 kip.
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Tad Sae Waterfall Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
We were there in late September 2013 and it was simply amazing. It's a short tuk tuk ride till the boat that will take you there. A couple minutes before arriving you'll see water flowing down to the river in between the lush jungle vegetation. The place is relatively untouched, only a few tourists, a small stand in order to allow people so get on a few elephants for a short ride (pretty cheap one, by the way) and a small stall selling drinks and some food. There are some nice wooden walkways above and around the waterfalls as well as a small pool at their bottom. During the dry season it tends to be... dry, so it's really not a food option at that time. On the other hand, at the end of the rainy season it is rather impressive. You may visit this one in the Morning, Kuang Si in the afternoon and you'll still be on time for a sunset boat ride in the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Pretty much a perfect day on earth :)