The Kwang Xi Waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos

Kwang Xi Waterfall in Luang Prabang: Wanna See A Waterfall?



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The Luang Prabang polite cab driver rule had but one exception: a trip to the waterfalls outside the city. Practically every ten yards when walking around the city there seemed to be a fellow sitting in a tuk tuk hissing “waterfall?” “waterfall?” “waterfall?” at us. A firm “no” would usually dislodge the sales pitch, but one afternoon Steve and I found an affable tuk tuk driver to ferry us out into the countryside and to the Kwang Xi Waterfall just outside Luang Prabang.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    What would the suburbs of the City of Elephants be without a few elephant carvings for sale? The dirt road to the Kwang Xi Waterfall was lined with small shops selling snacks and handcrafts like this carving.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    This leaf was tenaciously clinging to the smooth limestone wall of the waterfalls.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    This section of the falls seemed to have several fallen logs that were in the process of being absorbed by the rushing water (click here for a close up view of the waterfalls).

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Once we got to the overlook beside the main waterfall, it seemed like a good time for a photo.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    The view from the overlook was great, you could see the torrent of water crashing into the swirling pool below (click here for a close up view of this photo).

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    From our vantage point above the falls, we were able to look out over the valley.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Once we got back to the bottom of the falls, we snapped a few last photos before heading back to meet our tuk tuk driver and go back to Luang Prabang.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Photo by Steve Iams.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Steve made friends with these ladies selling chips outside the entrance to the Kwang Xi Waterfall. They even offered us a taste of the sour berries or beans that you can see on their table.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    After the sour beans, we needed something sweet to get rid of the taste. Steve bought this can of Laotian soda that tasted kind of strange, but was actually pretty good.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    We didn't buy any of these decorative Laotian canoes, but they made a good photo all lined up.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    If these things could make noise, I am convinced it would be the most torturous sound you can imagine.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Not sure what these little red faced characters do, but I'm sure it's something.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    For me it was too hard to resist trying on one of these cone shaped woven hats worn by the farmers in Laos. I didn't buy one though... Photo by Steve Iams.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    After a short hike, we came upon the Kwang Xi Waterfall.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    The falls cascaded down from from the hills above us and ended in the turquoise pool at our feet. In an attempt to get it all in the frame, I put together this panoramic shot (click here for a close up view of the waterfalls).

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    Steve and I decided to hike up the narrow trail to the top of the falls. As we climbed upwards, we walked by these mossy logs clinging to the side of the hill.

  • Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004

    Kwang Xi Waterfall, near Luang Prabang, Laos - October 2004
    There was a convenient stream running down the trail that Steve used to wash the sand and gravel off his feet.