Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tad Sae waterfalls and lunchtime elephant bathing was next on our around Luang Prabang itinerary, after we'd visited the Pak Ou caves, during my recent visit to Laos. The multi-level limestone waterfalls and pools are very pretty and you can swim and bathe in all of them before catching the lunchtime arrival of a trio of elephants for a bath and some splashing around with their handlers. The forest setting and the beautiful turquoise water pools are very popular at weekends as you might imagine, as its just 15kms south of the city. We arrived by boat along the Nam Khan river, cooled off in the refreshing water and sampled the local cuisine at the restaurant on stilts overlooking the second level of waterfalls. All very pleasant before we headed for the village of Ban Phanom and the tomb of the French explorer Henri Mouhot.