Waterfalls for Christmas

It’s still a bit weird for me to be away from my family at Christmas time, but Caroline is a bit more used to it after living in New Zealand for ten years. We did manage to find some good internet in Laos and I was able to Skype my family. Hello if you’re reading!

On Christmas day we took a very long drive around the Bolaven Plateau and visited some waterfalls. Happily, the only thing that went wrong with the bike was a Christmas puncture, and it happened (as usual) just outside a mechanic. All was merry.

Of the waterfalls we visited, one in particular was breathtaking. It was a difficult trek to get there, but I think I can safely say that it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited. Caroline agrees (“Yes, definitely – hands down. It’s like being in a dream,” she says). Three young Laotians were coming up the path as we were going down, but apart from them there was nobody else at the falls. For an hour it was our own little paradise.

Enough talk. Here’s some waterfalls for Christmas.

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Tad Faek waterfall

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Tad Saulin waterfall

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Peering into the madness

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Another one of the tiers of Tad Saulin falls.

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waterfalls, christmas, laos, bolaven plateau,

Lovely for a swim

The beautiful Tad Katamtok (with me for scale)

The beautiful Tad Katamtok (with me for scale)

There was a second waterfall next to Tad Katamtok, only visible after the trek down.

There was a second waterfall next to Tad Katamtok, only visible after the trek down.

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waterfalls, christmas, laos, bolaven plateau,

waterfalls, christmas, laos, bolaven plateau,

Christmas ham

Merry Christmas everybody!

This post goes out to the godfather of waterfalls, Jan.

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Just an ordinary train

4 thoughts on “Waterfalls for Christmas

  1. Hi David, you wrote : “the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited.”
    So I guess that during your stay in Luang Prabang you were so busy finding a bike, that you had no time to visit the Kuang Si waterfall…:-)
    Pity, for me that is now the most beautiful fall I have ever visited.Have a look at the link.
    Take care, enjoy Vietnam..:-)!

      1. Yes, I’m quite disappointed that we didn’t visit the Kuang Si falls, your photos look wonderful – a milky bath in paradise.

        And here’s the kicker – once we bought the bike we could have easily driven out there! Well, there’s always next time. Have you ever visited Tad Katamtok?

        1. I don’t remember Tad Katamtok. Impressive fall!
          In 1998 I have visited Pakse and the Tad Lo watervall, also on the Bolaven plateau, I think.
          I was a bit disappointed by Laos anno 2015, compared with 1998. Especially Luang Prabang has lost a lot of its charm, because of tourism.

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