Whilst soaking up the French-influenced culture of the Lao city of Luang Phrabang, be sure to take a day trip out to Kuang Si Falls. A short tuk-tuk drive from the city, you’ll find a beautiful series of pools and waterfalls with crystal clear water. You’ll be charged a nominal entrance fee, but this goes to the locals who maintain the area.
You can even swim in one particular area of the falls. The water is quite cold, but it feels fantastic in the Lao heat. A rope swing is available for more adventure travelers. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on the fried bananas being served up at various locations throughout the falls.