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Elephant Village in Ban Xieng Lom
This elephant 'camp' is now gone from here, instead there is private hotel, spa, wellness, whatever you call 'resort'.
It is difficult to keep the track what's been going in the country recently... things changing with lightspeed once there is more foreign currency flowing in. If the business last more than 2 years, it's success... the other just drift away.
From our well informed local friends we heard that few elehnats died here and the other were moved. One elephant cost fortune and you're not allowed to take it from wild. Only domesticated elephants you can keep for work. On their website they say they still have elephants here, though - I dunno if you can visit, we could 4 years before but it was another policy then... you've got to ask somebody.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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Kuang Xi waterfall
It takes some 30 km from Luang Prabang and between 45 min to 1 hr driving to get to this gorgeous place.
Water is abundant here, in dry season you may wish to stay here during the hottest hours of a day to swim in some of the pools created by water running through limestone bedrock.
It's is impressive, this Tad Kuang Xi (Kuang Si). Water comes with turqouise colors falling over cascading rocks and pools, the vegetation around is lush and provides pleasant shadow, the air is sweet and fresh. In some of the pools you're allowed to swim and soak; lots of Lao girls and boys will swim with their clothes on and it is expected from foreigner that he/she won't show too much skin either. Though you may see ladies in bikini running around this is something considered disrespectful to the culture here; not only young and westernized Lao who don't mind such views visit Kuang Si, but also families and monks.
The place with the main fall has some nice wooden bridge upon large pool of water; go closer to the fall to catch water drops but watch the steps because of slippery stones. Water gets lot more abundant in rainy season and vegetation greener.
It is easy to spend relaxed day out here. If you like bring your own lunch for picnic or order something from restaurants at the entry.
At the area there's also bear sanctuary with asiatic bears rescued from poachers; see this wonderful bears who are luckily safe here. Visit the web site here: http://www.bearlao.com/ for more information on project and maybe you'd even decide to adopt the bear (or two).
There's large parking place outside the main area. Fall area is open fron 7.30-17.30. There's fee for both falls (20 000 KIP for foreigner in 2009/10 000 KIP fro Lao) and parking (another 10 000 KIP or so, depends on vehicle).Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
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