Tad Sae Waterfall, Luang Prabang

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Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Pouring over wide multi-level curved limestone rock formations among trees, Tad Sae Waterfall produce a silky canopy-like effect of dispersed water falling with a constant roar. The water reaches the falls through a moss-covered forest with trees growing straight out of the rock, forming several terraced pools. Take an elephant ride and join the local youngsters for a dip in an emerald-green pond, or walk the boardwalk to reach a wooden observation deck. Thatched huts next the falls provide boat rides. The falls' volume varies quite a bit, with the most dramatic time during rainy season between July and February. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Luang Prabang holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Tad Sae Waterfall and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • NIce Waterfall especially during rainy season, avoid to visit during dry season because usually dry with no water, they have place to drink and eat  more »
  • Arrived at the waterfall at 8 AM just as the gates opened. If you can do the same, I would recommend this highly. The waterfall is very uncrowded at the beginning of the day, I had the entire...  more »
  • This would be really cool during wet season. We visited in February their dry season and there was not any sign of water anywhere or elephants. We paid 10,000 kip/each for a boat round trip Then....  more »
  • Waterfall was not too spectacular as we went in the dry season, but the swimming was awesome. You can also feed elephants a bundle of bananas or bamboo for 10,000 kip.
  • Magical place with cool blue water, multiple levels of waterfalls and pools to swim in. They also have a cool mom bear sanctuary for rescued bears. A 20-30min hike will take you to the top of the falls where there are additional swimming spots and 3km hike to a spring cave restaurant.
  • We caught a boat from the Elephant Village to the falls which was a nice scenic ride. We were there mid November and there wasn't a lot of water going over the falls however the area is quite beautiful.
  • Not recommended during dry season. There’s little water and definitely no waterfall.... be careful when you trek in the jungle as there might be snakes😂
  • Note! In the dry season you may swim in all three Pools, but most of the waterfall itself lies dry. We did however wander the steep path upwards to the top pools. The water was refreshing and the surrounding was relaxingly quiet. Sadly we noted in the way down there was a way better pool with a tiny waterfall between the highest and lowest pool, but we ran out of time.

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