Tad Yuang is a 40 metre tall waterfall on the Bolaven Plateau easily accessible on a day trip from the large town of Pakse in Southern Laos.
About Tad Yuang Waterfall
There are three ways to travel from Pakse to Tad Yuang Waterfall: by hiring your own vehicle, going on an organised tour, or paying a taxi or tuk-tuk driver to take you. The cheapest option is to rent a motorbike. Pakse has plenty of bike rental shops, and you can expect to pay around 80,000 Lao Kip per day for an automatic motorbike such as a Honda Click. If you have never ridden a motorbike before then this is definitely not the occasion to try it for the first time, particularly in wet weather. The next most expensive option is to take an organised tour. Full day tours cost around 150,000 Lao Kip per person and during which you will visit several beauty spots on the Bolaven Plateau. The downsides of group tours are a lack of choice about how long you stay in each place and the risk of being stuck for a day with people with whom you might rather not spend time with. On the positive side this is a safe and not too expensive way to negotiate a part of the world where accidents happen frequently and the standard of medical care is poor. The most expensive option is to hire a tuk-tuk or taxi for the trip. The price of renting a vehicle and driver for the day is negotiable, but if you pay less than the equivalent of $100 USD per day then you are getting a better than average deal. If you are travelling with children then hiring a private vehicle and driver is well worth the money, for groups of adults then the better value for money option is a group tour.
Tad Yuang Waterfall is open every day from 08:00 to 17:00 and admission costs 10,000 Laos Kip per person plus 5,000 Laos Kip for parking a motorbike. On the approach road to the waterfall is selection of small cafes and restaurants, as well as stalls selling tourist type items. There are also some hotels in the vicinity of the falls costing around $30 a night for a private room and $6 a night for a bed in a dormitory. From this small retail area to get to the falls you first have a short but steep walk along a path which gets dangerously slippery in wet weather to a covered viewpoint with seating where you can see the waterfall. A lot of visitors only go this far. You can, however, carry on from there down some steep steps, with a few rocks to climb over along the way, to reach the pool at the bottom of the waterfall. In dry weather it is fairly safe safe to swim in the pool, in wet weather the currents can become very strong and we don’t recommend it, particularly for children and especially anyone who isn’t a strong swimmer.
Location of Tad Yuang Waterfall
Tad Yuang Waterfall is located 39.3 km by road from Pakse.