Head to Kuangsi waterfalls to beat the heat

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

On hot days in northern Laos’ own Luang Prabang province, tourists and locals alike are known to flock to Kuangxi Waterfalls to beat the heat.
For those that don’t revel in hot weather, they can immediately find relief in cooler temperatures as they near the waterfall, almost as if they are traversing two different worlds.
The area’s many trees provide leafy green canopy and much shade to block the heat of the sun.
The path to the mainstream of the waterfall is about ten minutes. Once you arrive you are greeted with the cool rush of the waterfall and its deep blue green colour.
Luang Prabang is a famous tourist attraction in Laos, which attracts tourists throughout the year.
However, during the low season, visitor numbers drop and some places in the province do not see many foreign tourists at this time.
At Kuangxi waterfalls you’ll always find visitors.

Foreign visitors enjoy a dip at Kuangxi Waterfall.

A Luang Prabang tour guide, Mr Bounlae Viriyavongsa, told Vientiane Times that he guided six Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Media Summit attendees who visited Kuangxi this month.
Visit Laos Year 2018 is underway yet foreign arrivals are not as high as the government has expected.
“In fact, more travelers will come if the cost of accommodation is better value than the neighbours,” Mr Viriyavongsa pointed out.
To get to Kuangxi, travelers can travel by lodsongthaew, tuktuk or motorbike as well as passenger vehicle.
It is located about 29 kilometres from the town of Luang Prabang and takes about 40 minutes to get there.
There are public toilets located at the site and bamboo waste bins to make it eco-friendly.
When you approach the waterfall, you immediately much cooler and refreshed which makes it popular among locals and tourists alike in the summer.
Most visitors want to spend many hours at the waterfalls and enjoy the cool temperature and natural air-conditioning.
Trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves via transpiration, cooling the surrounding air.
Sitting under the shade watching fellow visitors swim and jump up and down the pools into the rivers can be relaxing and enjoyable.
The pools are blue green like seawater and swimmers can feel cool.
A Chinese reporter, Mr Fei, said that the water was very bracing and made him feel refreshed. 
There are many waterfalls and some have several cascade pools with blue pools and smaller waterfalls below.
The largest of these is Kuangxi itself with water dropping from about 50 metres into pools below.
At the main waterfall, there’s a bridge over the waterfall pool, a popular spot for selfies.
In Luang Prabang, visiting journalists also visited Vat Xieng Thong, which was built during the 16th century by King Xaysetthathirath and completed in 1560.
Xieng Thong temple is considered one of the most interesting examples of traditional Lao art and Buddhist architecture.
Luang Prabang was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
This year is Visit Laos Year 2018 and the country has set a target of attracting at least 5 million tourists. In 2017, the number of tourist arrivals was about 3.8 million.
Of this number, the most visitors were from Thailand, followed by Vietnam, China, Japan, the UK, South Korea, Australia, Germany and Malaysia.
In 2020, Laos hopes to welcome about 6.2 million visitors.
Laos has 23 immigration checkpoints of which 22 permit visa on arrival issuance.
In addition, the citizens of some 18 countries are exempt from visa requirements.
The country has three international airports and six domestic airports, along with eight carriers with flight connections to 18 cities in seven countries.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 28, 2018)

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