Bolaven Plateau

Tad Yuang

Make the time to visit Tad Yuang waterfall on the Bolaven Plateau as it has become more accessible and tourist friendly in recent years. This is thanks to the work of volunteers who developed the area creating safer viewing platforms and other amenities.

Visitors can enjoy the many vistas of this impressive waterfall by following a path to lookouts at the top, middle and bottom of the gorge. There’s even a picnic area above the falls to pause and take in the views.

Whilst it’s not the highest waterfall on the Plateau, it’s just as picturesque. Do watch your step manoeuvring the slippery staircases. Cooling off in the pools is possible but take care around the rushing waters.

See and do:

  • Picnic at the top of the falls
  • Swim in the pools above and below the waterfall
  • Join a trekking tour through the forest and nearby waterfalls

Please note:

If you want to 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 a fresh cup of coffee from a small coffee plantation near the waterfall.

How to get there:

Take Route E16 to Paksong (straight on at the intersection at kilometre 21 of Route 13E when coming from Pakse). It is 2km from Tad Champee.

Organised for you:

If you want to take the hassle out of organising your trip, contact one of the local tour operators in the area. You can also ask for a customised tour that incorporates other adventure activities such as trekking, kayaking or cycling.