Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDOCHINA ADVENTURE
KUANG SI WATERFALLS
Kuang Si Waterfalls is a beautiful high
three-tier waterfall surrounded by lush natural jungle vegetation.
The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream.
Beam mentioned that much of the flow of the waterfall was changed by the
2007 tsunami a few years back. The water lost some of its deep blue colour.
We climbed a fairly steep path through the lush
forest to the uppermost falls and tried to capture the beauty of the falls
and pools in numerous photos. We weren't alone in this pursuit as there
were tourists everywhere using the smart phones for taking selfies. Rising
above the lush jungle vegetation were many trees -- towering giants with
huge exposed roots. We stepped over many lines of marching ants on their
way to the falls. There were quite a number of swimmers in the pools along
the way-- we were warned that it is against Lao modesty for women to show
bare shoulders and too much general bareness. This didn't stop many of
the girls who wore skimpy bikinis. We were told that they were Russian
tourists. The Tarzan vine was a favourite way to swing over and into one
of the pools. Some of the waders shouted that little fish were nibbling
at their toes.
We decided not to pay to see the Kuang Si Butterfly
Park at the bottom of the falls since we were a bit pressed for time and
had seen a number of similar parks over the years in places such as the
one at Florida's Cypress Gardens. We did stop for lunch, however, at an
interesting restaurant in the village near the parking lot. We had placed
orders for food there before we climbed the falls: grilled fish, fried
veggies, mango sticky rice, coconut, Beerlao and diet Coke. The trip back
to Luang Prabang gave us another chance to view and photograph the Lao
PARKING LOT, RESTAURANT AREA AND ENTRANCE GATE
Sue-On ordered our lunch here so it would be ready
when we returned.
LUSH TROPICAL JUNGLE VEGETATION SURROUNDS THE POOLS
FALLS PHOTOS IN THE OUTTAKES SECTION
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