Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kuang Si Falls

This past week a couple friends who are teaching in China have been visiting. Not only has it been awesome to hear all their stories about life in China and catch up on everything that has happened since we last saw each other in Colorado, but having them here has also provided an excuse to go back to all the best touristy places in Luang Prabang.

I have been to Kuang Si Falls twice now. The first was back in October shortly after arriving in Luang Prabang. A typhoon had recently hit Vietnam and effected Laos as well. As a result the water level at Kuang Si was crazy high; my friends and I were soaked from just standing on a bridge near the waterfall. On my second visit to Kuang Si the waterfall wasn't as strong and powerful as the first, but the water transformed from a mucky brown color to a mesmerizing turquoise. The falls were much safer for swimming this time around and though I thought it was still a bit to cold for that, many tourists took advantage of the blue waters.

Kuang Si the first time I visited during rainy season

Kuang Si the second time around in dry season

It's hard to believe that it is the same waterfall, and even more difficult to choose which season is the best time to go. During rainy season Kuang Si is powerful and an incredible sight, but in dry season the waters sparkle and allow for a chance to cool off from the hot Southeast Asian sun.

If you do ever get the chance to visit Kuang Si whatever the season may be don't forget to take the hike up to the top for an incredible view of the mountains.


Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons said...

Stunning! x

Jen Dang @ Skirt The Rules said...

The water looks amazing! Looks like a wonderful adventure. :)

xo Jen
Skirt The Rules

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