From pictures to reality…

A most amazing day at Tat Kuang Si waterfalls outside Luang Prabang, Loas! it was breathtaking, unreal – something I’ve previously only seen pictures of or on TV. Huge amounts of water pouring from a mountain top and steep drop into lots of deep pools you could swim in all the way down. I walked up the path, saw some falls and thought how gorgeous it was. I was thrilled to se it, the surrounding jungle forest and them take a dip in the cold green waters of the pool I chose. rocks and roots underfoot but only went neck deep for a ‘swim’ but lots of people in there, and around including babies.

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It was heavenly. Then in a sarong I took, sat to dry off eating the suggested picnic I took of fruit a plums, lychee, grapes, banana and mango mmm and crisps, with orange juice and water, sat by the pools. Delicious environment!

Then I saw people walking on so changed to my shorts again, and continued up the path to find more pools, mini falls and getting more beautiful. Then I saw ‘the main attraction’ that I hadn’t expected – an amazing waterfall of about 200 feet or 60 metres, over limestone rocks, giving the green colour from the phospherous!!!! Just … beautiful, awe inspiring and a wow moment! even the videos cannot do justice to the real thing!!! The mist spreading over us standing on the bridge to witness the mighty force of nature, and of course, the beauty!!!! Just amazing, in that jungle forest, with huge trees about 40m high or more, knarled old trunks that have stood the test of more than time!!! I enjoyed this trip so much…

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I was travelling with some seemingly high calibre students on gap years or holiday travels (from their conversations) with perfectly no-accent English, and two foreign couples so listened to,travel tips and reminders, ideas and options in where to go, what to do in my next stops of Vang Vieng and Vientiane which was very helpful!!!

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