Bolaven Plateau: The Waterfall Haven for Adventure Travelers

Jun 10, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: Blog


 Bolaven Plateau in clouds from ¡kuba!

Bolaven Plateau in clouds from ¡kuba!

As expected, this article will introduce you to the best places to visit while traveling to Laos. The Bolaven Plateau which is the bottom part of an ancient volcano in the southern region of the country is home to magnificent views and majestic waterfalls that will surely make your trip unforgettable.

Fall in Laos from Worlds In Focus

Fall in Laos from Worlds In Focus

As mentioned, it is rich with numerous waterfalls to choose from. However, that’s not everything that the Bolaven Plateau offers. Within its area are also mountains and dense lush forests that are just waiting for you to discover and take an adventure trip within them. Complimentary to the scenic views and recreational feel to this place is also the authentic Laotian cultural environment that will amaze you. Ethnic tribes have found this place as their settlement and most of them are skilled farmers of fruit, tea and coffee beans. Therefore, this place is so diverse with lots of things to explore that will make your trip here worthwhile.

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Bolaven Plateau, Laos from ronancrowley

In going to the Bolaven Plateau, the recommended transportation would be by motorcycle ride. The road will lead you to the true highlights of the place- the waterfalls. From Route 20, the visitors would then travel thirty kilometers from Pakse which is nearest to the plateau. Upon arrival, you will then find the Uttayan Bajiang waterfall, the less renowned of the bunch but likewise a must-visit tourist destination. In this area, there is a restaurant situated on its end as the waterfall is by a nature resort.

 Tad Suong from ReverendMungo

Tad Suong from ReverendMungo

The tallest of the main waterfalls located in the Tal Lo area within the Bolaven Plateau is the Tad Suong. From the primary Tad Lo village, you will then have to hike for about ten kilometers to arrive at this spot. Tad Suong is best visited during the rainy seasons because during the dry season, less water would flow from it that it tends to lose its appeal. However, at any time of the year, it is possible to walk your way to the topmost of the waterfalls. It may be a long way up but it will surely be worthwhile as you will be rewarded by magnificent views of the plateau’s wonderful landscapes. Another waterfall named the Tad Hang s also located in the Tad Lo village where this small waterfall would be the ideal destination for those travelers who would love to go swimming. You are expected to take extra caution though because the strong current might swerve you to the drop off section.

 Waterfall from fabulousfabs

Waterfall from fabulousfabs

Continuing on with your journey, there are also tons more of waterfalls to visit. The most famous one among the locality is the Tad Faek accessible from the road in going to Attapeu. This large waterfall rushes onto several ledges that will reach the lake below. Since most families want to hang-out here, Tad Faek might be packed with visitors during the weekends.

Nam Tok Katamtok Waterfall, Bolaven Pla from ronancrowley

Nam Tok Katamtok Waterfall, Bolaven Pla from ronancrowley

If you wish to experience the Bolaven Plateau with a little serenity and peace, it is recommended that you would take a different route in going to the national park in between Sekong and Paksong. This route would lead you to some of the best waterfalls in town. Making a turnoff by the road from Sekong to Paksong, you will pass along the majestic Tad Katamtok waterfall. Along the way, the Tad Alang is also accessible within this route. While passing through here, you may have the courtesy of staying the night at an eco-lodge which has rustic bungalows for your accommodation needs. Other distinct waterfalls in the area is about forty kilometers from Pakse like the Tad Gneuang and the Tad Fane.

A day’s trip will surely be insufficient to enjoy visiting every waterfall the Bolaven Plateau holds. Given that, it would be best if you plan your trip with a little extra time for going on a waterfall adventure hunt in Bolaven Plateau.

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