The Kuang Si Falls,
sometimes spelled Kuang Xi or known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is a three tier waterfall about 29 kilometres (18 mi) south of Luang Prabang. These waterfalls are a favourite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang.
The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. These lead to the main fall with a 60 metres (200 ft)cascade. The falls are accessed via a trail to a left of the falls. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. The many cascades that result are typical of travertine waterfalls.
The locals charge a nominal admission fee to visit the site, but it is well maintained with walkways and bridges to guide the visitor. Most of the pools are open to swimming (although at least one is closed as being a sacred site).
Sunday 28th of December 2014 and we left L'Elephant behind us. We decided to stop at the National Museum at the Sisavangvong Road. But they were closed during the mid-day and we would stop there when we came back from the Kuang Si Falls.
I was cheated on the “Buffalo Experience” at the Kamu Lodge so I asked the driver to stop if he spotted any buffaloes. And he told me that there would be buffaloes on the way to the Kuang Si Falls.
I was on my way to yet another exciting sight-seeing adventure. The Kuang Si Falls was further away than the waterfalls we saw this morning and I could enjoy some of the sights on the way to the falls. Laos, like Thailand and the Philippines are beautiful countries, but destroyed by garbage.
The driver stopped suddenly and he told me that there were buffaloes, I looked around but I could not see any buffaloes. I got out of the car and I saw the buffaloes next to the road. And they are quite cute.
Of course, not as cute as the Red Buffalo. They had babies as well and I stayed around for a few pictures before we left for the Kuang Si Falls.
The buffaloes were eating grass having a good time and they were not bothered with me. These buffaloes is what my friend are used to so he thought I was joking when I told him that the buffaloes in Africa was very dangerous.
I lion never attack a buffalo if he is alone, unless it is a lonely injured, old or a baby buffalo.
We were soon on the way again and when I could see a market with plenty tourist I understood that we were approaching the Kuang Si Falls. My driver managed to back in to another van when we should park the car. And there were some rumpus. I got out of the car and I told my driver that I would soon be back.
If it was anything like the Tat Sae Waterfalls in the morning I would be back in double quick. But I was pleasantly surprised. Well, both disappointed and pleasantly surprised. It was a beautiful place, but there were so much people it looked like a beach on a Sunny summer Sunday. It was crowded, but beautiful.
The last thing I saw when we left the water falls behind was sign asking us to cover our bodies, for sure no need to ask me twice. A flapping belly is best kept under a shirt. But I asked a guide why this was so important. He gave me the full song and dance about respecting the Lao culture. It was very important with the respect. I pointed at a few tons of garbage around us and I asked if it was more important to respect the culture than to respect the nature. And the nature is feeding us, not the culture. He didn't saw that one coming and I never got any answer.
View over Luang Prabang
We stopped on a mountain to have a look over Luang Prabang. It was a nice view and we stayed for a while before we continued to Luang Prabang and the National Museum. I see quite a few people driving round on motor bikes. One hand on the handlebars and holding an umbrella in the other had for protection against the sun.
Well, I'm no motorcycle expert, but I have been driving enough to know that suddenly, and most of the time totally unexpected it is necessary to keep both hands on the handlebars.
Easy to imagine what will happen if the need arise suddenly and unexpected. I prefer a tan before falling or worse with the motorcycle.
The driver wanted to wait for me while I was at the National Museum, but I told him that I would walk back to my hotel.
The driver left and I was alone with all the ice cream vendors outside the National museum. How will this end? Well, I'm in possession of some self-discipline and I never bought any ice cream.
And I skipped the visit to the National Museum. First of all, it was starting to get hot, not like in Bangkok, but anyway. Ten there was a sign giving all the rules for the museum. Among them was one rule that we had to take off our shoes.
I went to the ticket office to get this confirmed. The girl told me that we needed to take off our shoes and I left the National Museum.
Pour a 25 litre drum of oil in the sewage with a cubic ton of plastic and then taking off the shoes when going in to a museum. Explain that if you can! And it was kind of nice to skip the visit, I was getting a wee bit tired.
National Museum in Luang Prabang
I walked back to my room. My plan was to have a look at all the pictures from the waterfalls and then I would go to the Lao Restaurant for dinner.
And as they had promised to keep some Mango Crumble for me at JOMA Cafe I would go there after the Lao restaurant. It is just a few minutes’ walk between the places so it is no problem, and no need to haggle with TUK TUK drivers.
It took me about 10 minutes to walk from the National Museum to my room.
I looked at my pictures and when I got hungry I left for the Lao Restaurant by foot. It was dark and I practised some “NIGHT” photography. Of course, I have all the equipment, at home. I bought tripods, remotes and some other stuff, only used once and now it is just a waste of space in my apartment. Well, I might find use for it again, but it is so much to carry around.
Still free to take pictures
I finished my meal at 3 Nagas, and I asked for a plate of Spring rolls to finish my dinner. The food was so good. Lao food, I can't remember having ever eating anything better than Lao food outside Skåne.
I started with Spring rolls and then I had chicken in red curry and coconut milk with steamed rice (2 bowls) I had also ordered a plate with buffalo sausage. Seriously, I'm already looking forward to my next VISA run so I can come back to Luang Prabang. Lunch at L'Elephant and dinner at 3 Nagas and you have a winner.
Dinner at 3 Nagas
These Lao spring rolls are right up there with the Swedish spring rolls at Österns Pärla
Chicken in red curry and coconut milk
You don't want to miss 3 Nagas when in Luang Prabang
Yes, I just had to try the buffalo after having seen buffaloes earlier during the day
3 Nagas from across the street
The spring roll were so good I had an extra plate to finish my dinner
3 Nagas have another restaurant across the street
Walking to JOMA Cafe
Walking to JOMA Cafe
I went inside JOMA Cafe and the first thing I see is the Mango Crumble. I also see that the only table inside are occupied. They have tables on the second floor, but I want to sit at the counter keeping an eye on things.
I leave again and I turn around looking at the girl at the table. I give her the “what the foock” glimpse. Yes, she have all the right to sit there, but she only had a glass of water and a laptop. So I suspected that it was a free loader sipping on a glass of water for hours while using free internet.
I gave the Manager, maybe she was the owner as well the “why the foock are these people sitting around occupying space without spending anything?” glimpse before I left. Then the Manager (maybe the owner) said:
- Oh, that is my colleague, do you want her to move
- Ah, never mind, let her sit and your only customer (that orders all the extras and triple of everything) leaves. Seems like a smart business plan. Actually, I don't mind you bringing all your friends to come eat for free so there is nothing for the customer to buy, I said and left.
Yeah, I'm sure they are on to something at JOMA Cafe and one thing is for sure, I will never go back to JOMA Cafe again!
I left and I started to walk toward the night market, my plan was to turn around there and walk back to L'Elephant to see if they had pancakes. Not the American styled fried sponge cake. But what they call crepes in USA.
Walking towards the Night Market
It is good to get old
Instead of making a tit out of myself in a bar I'm practicing night photography
I reach the Night Market
I take a few pictures of the temple before walking back to L'Elephant
Too much customers at L'Elephant and I skip the idea with pancakes
I don’t want to expose the other guests to my eating disturbances
I go back to my room passing some shops
Walking along Mekong towards my hotel
Back at my Hotel
The driver was here 30 minutes early this morning and I decided to have my breakfast at the Scandinavian Bakery tomorrow if he was early again. Pick up time for Vang Vieng is 9 o'clock and if he is early I will not waste my time on the “free” breakfast at the hotel. We will see tomorrow, you just need to click HERE! Well, my last day in Luang Prabang is coming to an end.
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