Tad Lo & Tad Hang
If your idea of relaxation is lounging in a hammock by a riverside bungalow, then head to Ban Saenvang in the Salavan Province. From here, visit the nearby Tad Lo and Tad Hang waterfalls that dip into the abundantly fertile Bolaven Plateau, the centre of Lao’s tea and coffee industry.
Tad Hang is closest to the village and is a favourite swimming destination. A short walk upstream and you’ll find Tad Lo. It can be reached on foot or by bike. Swimming here is more exhilarating, however, sitting dry on land and admiring the enormous granite wall, over which the waters spill, is just as pleasing.
See and do:
- Swim in the Tad Hang and Tad Lo waterholes
- Relax in a hammock of a bamboo bungalow by the river
- Visit the ethnic Ngai villages nearby and see their traditional rural life
- Take an elephant trek through the forest
- If you want to have a swim at one of the beaches or waterfalls, be careful of the current.
- Lao people appreciate neat and modestly dressed visitors. Be aware that nude sunbathing or swimming is considered impolite. For women it is recommended to keep a shirt on or to wear a sarong over your swimming suit (check what the locals around you are doing).
Food and drink:
Enjoy some local food at the small restaurant near Tad Hang.
How to get there:
The Tad Lo waterfalls are about an hour out of Pakse along Route 20. Catch a bus from Pakse and hop off on the road 2km from Tad Lo. Alternatively, hire a motorbike in Pakse, or take a tourist minibus from one of the Pakse based travel agencies.
Organised for you:
If you have the time, go on an organised half or full day trip around the Tad Lo waterfalls. The local travel agents can provide travel from Pakse.