Tad Sae Waterfall
Tourists with a taste for adventure and nature will love the Tad Sae Waterfall – with the water falling over its stunning limestone formations and through a variety of levels, and into large pools below – which are perfect for swimming.
Tad Sae Waterfall is a wonderful creation of nature. Although it is not as high as other Laos waterfalls such as the Kuang Si, Tad Sae has more streams of water that cascade into striking rock formations. At the same time, it has a variety of large pools filled with cool water – perfect for a refreshing dip.
Tad Sae Waterfall is located approximately 20 kilometres from the Luang Prabang city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
The Waterfall is open every day, from 08:00 to 17:30.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee costs LAK 16,620 (USD 2) per person.
How to Get There
- From Luang Prabang, you can hire a tuk-tuk to get to the banks of Nam Khan. This can cost around LAK 200,000 (USD 24) and includes the trip back to the city centre (the tuk-tuk driver will wait for you). You can then rent a boat to reach the waterfall, which can cost LAK 10,000 (USD 1.20).
- You can also opt to book a tour. Tour operators usually organise mini-van trips to the falls for LAK 50,000 (USD 6) per person, plus LAK 10,000 (USD 1.20) for the boat ride.
- Solo travelers
- Group of friends
- Families with kids
Time to Spend
You can spend around 3 to 5 hours exploring the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Unlike other tourist spots, the best time to visit Tad Sae Waterfall is during the wet season or the months of August to November, as the water is cold and over-flowing during this time.
- Water activities
- Elephant riding
- Nature discovery
Nearby restaurants include:
- Pizza Phan Luang
- Viewpoint Café
- Dyen Sabai Restaurant
- Vat Visounarath
- UXO Lao Visitors Centre
- Tham Ting
Luang Prabang hotels near Tad Sae are the Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort and Lao Spirit Resort. Rates start from USD 70 to 100 per night.