Village Lunch & Enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls
On the beautiful hour-long cruise down the Mekong, you can enjoy Bounmi’s all-inclusive hospitality whilst taking in an array of sights, from local Lao villages and temples, to the vibrant green forests, spectacular limestone cliffs and several of the Mekong’s fish farms.
Prior to touring the falls and visiting the bears, you will stop for lunch in Ban Saleuan village for an authentic tradition Lao lunch in Ms. Pai’s home. She is a fantastic host; her home is warm and friendly and her food is simply delicious and always a treat! After enjoying a leisurely lunch and some time to wonder through the village, jump back on Bounmi for a quick transit to the drop off for Kuang Si.
Upon reaching the shoreline, transportation will be waiting to bring you to Kuang Si. The rest of the your day at the waterfalls can be spent visiting the Free the Bears Rescue Centre, exploring the trails to the top of the falls, taking a dip in the refreshing pools or simply relaxing. Guests will enjoy a picnic style Lao lunch at the falls and perhaps a couple of Beer Lao’s on the water’s edge!
Ban Saleuan Village
Ban Saleuan is situated south of Luang Prabang and is an agricultural and fishing village on the river’s edge of the Mekong. It is a charming village with smiling locals and a place where time slows down. The sounds of children playing and the gentle ring of the buffalo cow bells in the nearby fields echo throughout a warm afternoon in this village. We are blessed to have forged such a close relationship with this village.
Breath-taking Tad Kuang Si Waterfalls
The largest and most breath-taking of Luang Prabang’s waterfalls Tad Kuang Si boasts an impressive three tiers of falls, culminating in a sensational 50 meter cascade, before spilling into a series of mineral-rich turquoise pools. The water in Kuang Si’s shallow pools remains cool throughout the year and is therefore a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer months when escaping the heat becomes a priority.
Kuang Si Free the Bears Rescue Centre
Kuang Si also plays host to the Free the Bears Rescue Centre and Kuang Si Butterfly Park. Located at the entrance to the falls, Free the Bears sanctuary provides a home to over twenty Asiatic Black Bears. Each of the large enclosures have viewing platforms where you can watch the bears as they eat, snooze and fool around. It is noting that the sanctuary does not receive any money from the park entrance fee and therefore any support is welcomed by way of donations or by purchasing any of the Free the Bears merchandise.