Visiting Kaeng Nyui Waterfall

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Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Waterfall

Kaeng Nyui is a 30 meter waterfall situated on the eastern side of Vang Vieng town.  Reaching the waterfall involves a walk along the Houay Nyui and Nam Lao streams past a number of cascades and a smaller waterfall called Kenlon falls.  Kenlon has a drop of about 5 meters, into a lovely swimming pool about nine meters in diameter. kaeng-nyui-waterfall-loop-2

Vang Vieng recently opened the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall loop for visitors who want to marvel at cascades that have been plunging over limestone karsts for millions of years, visit the historic village of Ban Naduang, and enjoy a relaxing swim in one of Nam Lao Stream’s water holes.kaeng-nyui-waterfall-loop-3

Located east of Vang Vieng Town, the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall group consists of three cataracts: Kenlon’s five-meter tumble into a pleasant swimming pool, Kaeng Nyui’s 34-meter drop into a fine mist, and the inaccessible Kaeng Nyeang.

On the return trip, tourists can stop for a rest at Ban Naduang, purchase some local delicacies from the food stalls, and enjoy a picnic alongside the stream.kaeng-nyui-waterfall-loop-1

Ban Naduang villagers constructed the paths and bridges to the falls, and they manage the picnic area and surrounding nature reserve. A portion of the small fee they collect goes into a management and village development fund.

To get here, on Route 13, at the top of the old airstrip turn right at the sign. It’s four kilometres to Ban Naduang (you can refill on drinks here), then another 1,400 metres to the junction, turn right and follow the track another kilometre to the parking lot. Songthaews charge 140,000 to 160,000 kip round-trip.kn2

To make it a loop, return to the junction and continue on in a counter clockwise direction. The path continues on quiet dirt road surrounded by hills, passing Ban Nakhe before eventually joining Route 13 at Km 161, five kilometres north of town. All this is shown on the Hobo Map. Perhaps stop at Vang Vieng Organic Farm for a meal or a refreshing mulberry juice on your way back.

For more activities: Exploring Tham Phu Kham Cave & Blue Lagoon

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