South East Asians are spoiled for choice when it comes to natural landscapes. Luang Prabang was the final place I went with my parents before the pandemic. I was overjoyed to be able to spend some quality time with them. My late father was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer a year later. This appeared to be our final trip together. As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to capture some great memories in an ever-changing environment.
Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, located on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, is one of our favorite spots. My family’s favorite activity when I was a kid was picnicking near waterfalls. It’s both cost effective and pleasant. My most significant accomplishment must have been resolving long-overdue emotional disputes with my late father. Perhaps I sensed his limited time on Earth.
We were captivated by the teak forests on the route to Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. We discovered that when matured teak timber was extracted, Laotians actively replaced teak saplings. Their long-term efforts were extremely impressive in terms of generating a positive transformation cycle in the usually destructive logging sector.
People used to be oblivious to the environment and its broader ecosystem. They simply cut down trees or burned down forests recklessly, leaving bare terrain in its wake, with little regard for future generations. Maintaining the forest’s health takes effort, just like running a prosperous generational household. Uprooting a tree is akin to denying one’s basic self-concept. Disaster is unavoidable, sooner or later.
Aside from the stunning scenery and bluish-hued crystal clear water provided by calcium and other mineral deposits, there is another lesser-known surprise buried within this vast chain of waterfall wonders. The restaurant on the mid-tier waterfall’s brink serves decent Laotian and Western cuisine at a reasonable price. These incongruous pairings are uncommon in Malaysia, where nice views frequently sacrifice the tastiness of available food. The following Laotian dishes are highly recommended: papaya salad, grilled sausage, toasted river weed, and herbaceous bamboo shoot soup.
The waterfalls and their surroundings generated amazing vibrations that are both good and restorative to the mind and body. It was lovely to have warm soups after a swim, a refreshing plunge, or a natural fish foot massage. A beautiful place to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones.
Finally, within this waterfall is a bear conservation center. I spent very little time there because I’m not particularly interested in knowing more about bears. Maybe it’s because I have a doggy bear at home. My dog resembles a fuzzy teddy bear in appearance. Nonetheless, I’m confident that parents will find this material useful.