Yes, get excited because it does exist! We loved Kuang Si but became a bit overwhelmed by all the people. Thankfully, the secret pool a at Kuang Si Waterfall that you can find some peace at with beautiful views.
The Secret Pool of Kuang Si Waterfall
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How To Get To Kuang Si Waterfall
The best time to go is in the morning. You can rent a scooter and drive yourself or book a ride through your accommodation. For us, we hired a cab to take us. The cost was $4 USD and the ride was about 15-20 minutes. The waterfalls are about 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Luang Prabang to reach Kuang Si.
Entrance Fee To Kuang Si Waterfall
At the entrance, be expected to pay a entrance fee. We paid the $2.50 per person entrance fee and we were in. Easy peasy.
What To Pack For The Waterfall
Knowing we’d be doing a bit of climbing/hiking to get to the secret pool, we brought appropriate shoes with us – sneakers and strapped sandals with good gripping on the bottom.
In addition to foot ware, bring your swimming suit, a towel, sunscreen, a change of clothes and water. There are food and refreshments on site for purchase if you need them. Oh, and definitely don’t forget that camera!
Getting To The Secret Pool of Kuang Si Waterfall
Once you’re at the falls, walk your way past the pools, walk your way past the cafe and walk until you get to the bridge. Looking at the big waterfall at the end, take the trail to the right.
Now, you really, really need to pay attention and keep your eyes open because the place you turn on is basically hidden.
About half way up the trail, on your left, there will be a “path” covered a bit by trees. We’re making this sound really hard but if you are looking for it, you’ll be able to spot it.
Once on the path, you’ll walk for 5-10 minutes until you come to a fence. Now in all fairness, there is a sign that say, “Don’t Enter” buuuuuttttt ignore it.
Our friend that gave us the details said you’d have to wiggle your way through the fence and BAM, you’re at the secret pool. Well, I guess we had some bad luck because not only was the fence fixed but they covered it with lots of shrubs and dead trees, making it impossible to pass through.
We came this far and were most certainly not turning around without giving it a valiant effort. Luckily, there was a tree and a rock wall we were able to climb on and over to get to the other side.
We need to mention it did take a bit of mountaineering to get over the fence. Not a walk in the park so proceed at your own risk or just hope the fence is broken again 🙂
Once we were over, the pool was VERY much private it was just Jesse, Lauren and Lauren’s sister Alexis!
We couldn’t believe it! Jesse was the first to jump in and swim. Alexis and Lauren took in the sites and the peacefulness of the pool.
However, that peacefulness was short lived. After a measly 10 minutes in the pool, we heard several loud whistles and an angry Laotian voice. We look up and there is a “park ranger” signaling us to get out #bummer
We threw on some clothes, gathered are belongings and played the best game of “no sir, we didn’t see the do not enter sign” we could play. In America if you trespass, you are asked to leave the premises. In Laos, they just make you leave the pool.
A little bummed about our short-lived accomplishment, we headed back down and decided to spend the rest of our time swimming in one of the “public” pools. Luckily, the late afternoon cleared out a decent number of tourists so the lower pools became a bit less crowded.
Should this post deter you from going to the secret pool? No. Most definitely not. Our Canadian friend had great success with the secret pool and he and his friends spent hours in the pool. It’s definitely worth a shot and besides, we have a fun story to tell.
A little innocent B&E (breaking & entering) in Laos 🙂
For The Budget Conscious: From a pool to shared and private rooms and epic location, Little Freedom Friendlys Place is a a great spot to stay while in Luang Prabang.
For The Luxury Inclined: Maison Dalabua is surrounded by lotus ponds, has amazing Laotian-styled modern rooms and an exceptional staff. It’s impossible to not have an amazing stay while at Maison Dalabua.
For Something In Between: Location, location, location. Mekong Sunset View Hotel is walkable to all of Luang Prabang’s must see attractions. Also, not to mentions the rooms are great and some have balconies that overlook the river.
For more places to stay in Luang Prabang, you can check out the latest places and prices here.
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– Lauren & Jesse Stuart (The Stüs)