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Laos ' high annual rainfall, mountainous terrain and extensive river system create some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. In fact, the largest waterfall by volume in Southeast Asia, Khone Phapeng, is located in Laos. Laotian people often use waterfalls (called tad in Lao language) for weekend getaways, picnics and family get-togethers. Thus, many waterfalls have relaxing rest stops, accommodation and locally guided tours. Below is a list of some of the more popular waterfalls in Laos.

 

 

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Attapeu
   
Tad Phok in Attapeu Province

Tad Phok an easy walk to a nearby waterfall flowing off the Bolaven Plateau. Access is through Ban Lanyao, an ethnic Oy community.

 
Tad Saepha in Attapeu Province

Tad Saepha This waterfall, located along the Xe Pian River inside the Xe Pian National Protected Area, can be reached on foot or by boat (rainy season) with a local guide from Ban Mai. A homestay program is also being developed in Mai village as a community-based ecotourism initiative.

 
Tad Samongphak in Attapeu Province

Tad Samongphak Like the Tad Saepha, this waterfall, also located along the Xe Pian River inside the Xe Pian National Protected Area, can be reached on foot or by boat (rainy season) with a local guide from Ban Mai. A homestay program is also being developed in Mai village as a community-based ecotourism initiative.

   
Bolikhamxay
Tad Xay
Tad Xay This two tiered waterfall is located inside the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. Locally guided tours to the waterfall, by foot and by boat, are available from Ban Hatkhai village.
Tad Leuk
Tad Leuk - Tad Leuk is the most popular destination in Phou Khao Khouay, but it is by no means crowded. It is ideal for relaxing, swimming and camping, or as a starting point for trekking in the surrounding forests. The Tad Leuk Visitor Information Centre holds a permanent exhibition of the flora and fauna to be found in the area.
Champassak
Pa Suam
Pa Suam - This waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau and is a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon or a quiet overnight stay. The Uttayan Bachieng Lodge overlooks the waterfall and offers a wide range of accommodation options, from unique tree-house type bungalows to homestay in an ethnic Lave village.
Tad Fane
Tad Fane - Breathtaking views of this double waterfall located on the edge of the Dong Houa Sao National Protected Area on the Bolaven Plateau can be seen from the Tad Fane Resort. Trekking can also be arranged from the resort.
Khone Phapeng
Khone Phapeng This thundering waterfall is considered the largest waterfall by volume in Southeast Asia. Among the waterfall's many channels and rocky outcrops visitors can see local people employing traditional fishing techniques. Food and beverage facilities are available. For directions to the waterfall refer to the Champassak Provincial Map.
Li Phi
Li Phi - This amazing natural site is located just north of Khone Phapeng waterfall and is best seen during the months of December March when the cascade's clear waters are tinted emerald green. Food and beverage facilities are available. For directions to the waterfall see the Champassak Provincial Map.
Khammouane
Tad Namsanam & Tad Mouang
Tad Namsanam & Tad Mouang These two waterfalls are located inside the Phou Hin Poun National Protected Area. Locally guided walks to these waterfalls can be arranged by local guides at the Hin Poun visitor center. Trips can also be arranged by the Khammouane Guide Service, which include homestay and travel into the world class Kong Lo Cave.
   
Luang Namtha
Nam Keo Waterfall - Enjoy a traditional forest picnic prepared by Akha villagers next to the Nam Keo Waterfall, located deep inside the forests of Muang Sing district.
Ban Nam Dee Watefall A peaceful picnic area located next to this waterfall at the ethnic Lanten village, Ban Nam Dee. The village is accessible by bicycle and is located just a few kilometers outside of Luang Namtha town. Entrance fees benefit local villagers.
   
Luang Prabang
Tad Kwang Si Waterfall Take a full-day guided walk through ethnic villages, agricultural fields and forests for a final swim and relaxation at Luang Prabang's famous Tad Kwang Si Waterfall.
Tad Thong Water fall
Tad Thong - A peaceful setting next to this waterfall outside of Luang Prabang town is perfect for afternoon relaxation and dining.
Oudomxay
Nam Kat Waterfall
Nam Kat Waterfall A one-day trek led by local guides to the Nam Kat Waterfall in the heart of Northern Laos.
Salavan
Tad Lo - This beautiful waterfall is the primary tourist destination in Salavan Province and is the jump off point for further adventures into this remote province. The waterfall offers a relaxing environment and a range of guesthouses and resorts styled in traditional architecture. For more information check out the Tad Lo Resort website.