Wa­ter­falls and ele­phants in lux­u­ri­ant rain­for­est

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY TRAVEL - By WU LIP­ING

Luang Pra­bang is known for its gen­tle cit­i­zens down­town, but its nat­u­ral land­scapes in the out­skirts are no less charm­ing.

One of th­ese is the Tad Sae Wa­ter­fall, just 11 km away from down­town. To reach it, we take a long-tail boat ride up­stream along the Nam Khan River, one of the trib­u­taries of the Mekong.

This is rain­for­est filled with the sound of twit­ter­ing birds and rip­pling streams. Not too far from the river­bank, we dis­cover the wa­ter­fall. It is not very tall but is very wide and mul­ti­lay­ered, and in­ter­spersed by boul­ders and trees, the wa­ter tum­bling down tier upon tier, form­ing pools along its de­scent.

The wa­ter is blue and clear and many young peo­ple climb

WU LIP­ING / CHINA DAILY

Tad Sae Wa­ter­fall is mul­ti­lay­ered and in­ter­spersed by boul­ders and trees. It pro­vides such ac­tiv­i­ties as swim­ming, moun­tain­climb­ing, zi­plin­ing and ele­phant-rid­ing.

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