Just past km 38 along the road to Pak Song is Tad Fane - a picturesque twin set of waterfalls spilling 200 metres down into a deep gorge, located in the jungle of Dong Hua Sao, which is a National Biodiversity Conservation area.
We did a day long tour of waterfalls in the vicinity. First of all the 120m high Tad Fane. We only got as close as a viewing platform but we talked to a French couple who were going on a trek to the top of the falls, which sounded like an adventure.
Tad Fane, Laos
Nearby we stopped at Tad Yuang. Here I could get closer to the top of the falls. Much to Sue’s concern…
But I wanted to get a shot looking down the waterfalls to the pool below.
Looking down to Tad Fane
We then walked down a path to the bottom of the falls.
Tad Fane, Laos
The falls are quite striking, but unlike other falls in the area, swimming opportunities aren't available unless you take a half-day hike under the supervision of a guide -- both the top and the bottom of the falls are a long haul from the resort through the jungle. Where we went for a refreshing swim, getting right under the intense spray.
We thought we’d continue renting the bike and our explorations but that night, over dinner at Mama’s, we talked to another traveler who had gone on some of the roads we were thinking of taking. Apparently there was a lot of construction and rough roads with deep dust and dirt. He’d spilled and showed us his injuries. We decided that we weren’t ready for that adventure yet.
We loved staying where we were. It was the most mellow place we’d been yet. We met lots of great people there, some who’d been there for weeks, soaking up the easy lifestyle. For the casual visitor, pretty much all you can do is look at them. You can choose trekking tours to the top of waterfall. This is another good example of how the Lao government is wisely developing the tourist infrastructure -- local villagers are allowed to sell handicrafts to tourists only if they promise not to engage in illegal hunting and logging which has been having a negative impact on the ecosystem. So, save a tree and buy something.
Getting a feel for the real experience, ACTIVETRAVEL LAOS
can arrange a trekking tour in Dong Hua Sao protected area for you. Visit: http://www.activetravellaos.com/trekking-in-dong-hua-sao-protected-area-pakse.html