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Majestic waterfall is key attraction for visitors to Borikhamxay

Tad Xai waterfall in Thaphabath district, Borikhamxay province, awaits the more adventurous traveller who wants to bask in some fresh air and get in touch with nature.
This is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Phou Khao Khuay National Protected Area, located in Hadkhai village about 70-80 km by road from Vientiane’s southern bus station to Thaphabath on Road No.13 South. The trip takes about an hour and a half by car.

The water plunges down over seven levels.

The splendid waterfall lies 18km from Thaphabath town centre and can be comfortably accessed by road using a pickup truck. It’s also easily reached by boat or a trek from Ban Hadkhai near Tad Leuk, also in Thaphabath district.
The highlight here is that you will see water plunging down over seven levels of rock. The water falls from a height of about 10 metres over a rock face estimated to be 11 to 12 metres wide.
Tad Xai is a popular location with visitors, especially at weekends and on holidays. Many families like to picnic in the area and enjoy being outdoors.
According to district authorities, the waterfall officially opened to visitors in 2003.
Many people like to go there in the rainy season when there is more water and the cascade is more dramatic.
Most visitors come from Borikhamxay and Vientiane, while others come from neighbouring provinces and overseas.
The site is now being developed as a tourist attraction and a place to relax, while conserving the natural environment.
Visitors can participate in several activities, including boat rides to take in the beautiful views and the dense green woodlands. The highlights of the activities here are the walks through the National Protected Area, camping, watching the stars at night, and enjoying the forest flowers in the day.
Once you reach the top of the waterfall, you will find nice views all around, with an area set aside for swimming. There is also a higher level from which you can enjoy jumping into the cool water. After a refreshing dip, you will forget how tired you were while walking to the top.
During the rainy season, the huge cascade is truly spectacular. In the dry season, the water flow is unpredictable but it’s still a beautiful place to unwind because the many boulders around the waterfall are very attractive.
Near the waterfall, there is a homestay with the rate for rooms being only 30,000 kip per night.
People can visit the site all year round and can also bring food from home and camp there.
Nearby are the Tad Lerk and Tad Yong rapids, which also fall within the Phou Khao Khuay National Protected Area.
Borikhamxay is popular province for tourists as it is home to the Tad Xai and Tad Lerk waterfalls, Tad Yong rapids, the Tad Heua Hak rapids and waterfall, the Tad Nampa waterfall in Pakxan district, Tad Thone waterfall in Pakkading district, and Tad Khai waterfall in Khamkeuth district.
According to the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the province had 104 officially designated tourist attractions in 2016, comprising 89 sites of natural beauty, 12 of cultural interest, and three historical sites.
In 2016, a total of 231,920 people visited Borikhamxay, according to official statistics.

By Phomphong Laoin
(Latest Update October 27, 2017)

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