Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si - Vang Vieng (B,L)
After breakfast, take a short transfer through the Luang Prabang countryside to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Take note of the beautiful landscapes along the way: rice fields, rolling hills, small villages, and Mekong viewpoints.
Stop en route to visit a small village home to one of the area’s many ethnic groups. Learn a bit about their traditions and culture, much of which has remained unchanged for centuries.
Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfall, relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. The water cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools, some of which are open to swimming (please dress modestly).
Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch next to the falls.
For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views await.
For those interested, there is also an optional visit to the bear sanctuary next to the falls, run by Free The Bears Fund Inc. There are currently 23 Asiatic black bears living in the sanctuary, which has saved them from poaching. Learn about the bears’ habits and observe their playful nature, whilst learning about the difficulties they face.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, stop at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park to visit the beautiful garden filled of hundreds of Laos’ butterflies! (Note: closed on Tuesday)
Depart Luang Prabang down the spectacular Route 13 towards Vang Vieng, stopping in Kasi, a fruit-growing area along the way. This journey offers spectacular scenery; photo stops are available wherever desired.
Please be aware that there are numerous sharp bends, steep climbs and descents along these mountain roads.
Arrive in Vang Vieng, a small town on the banks of the Nam Song River surrounded by spectacular limestone karst scenery.
The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure with access to both guide and driver.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
Distance and journey time:
Luang Prabang – Kuang Si (32 km): 1 hour
Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (230 km): 4 hours