Up for a swim in the Mekong?

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23-Day Cycle Tour through China, Laos and Thailand, Day 15:

Cycling to the Kuangsi Waterfall and going for a swim in the Mekong


Today, on day two of our stop in Luang Prabang, we went on a day trip to the Kuangsi-Waterfall. The falls can be found about 20 km downstream of the Mekong and the road leading there is excellent to cycle on: Only the last two kilometres up to the entrance of the falls is quite steep. The water of the Kuangsi-Fall contains a large amount of limestone which shaped the rocks at the spot where the water dashes down, making it an extraordinary sight! Furthermore the limestone shaped a number of basins just below the fall, inviting us to hop into the light blue water in for a little swim. Refreshed and happy, we made our way back to the city.


After getting back to Luang Prabang, Rolf invited the group to join him for a sunset swim in the Mekong. We chartered a small boat, drove 10 minutes upstream and stopped at a nice sand beach. The water of the Mekong was of a pleasant temperature (even a bit warmer than the water at the Kuangsi Fall) and we enjoyed the scenery with a cool beer. Thanks Rolf for the great idea! On my next tour through the golden triangle I might include this “boat trip to the beach” into the itinerary 🙂


In the evening it was time to say goodbye to Sigrid, Reinelde, Philipp and Karlheinz, four participants who have booked the short version of our tour and who will fly back home in two days while the rest of the group continues cycling through Thailand. Along with our always cheerful and competent guide Tho, who will not accompany us on the boat trip to the Thai border, we will surely miss them during our last week of the trip!


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