January 20, 2021
The reason why we stopped in Pakse is the Bolaven Plateau located nearby. It is famous mainly for its coffee plantations, which are exported all over the world. But it was not coffee that brought us here. We are more interested in the natural environment of this region, especially in the numerous waterfalls. To visit them, we rent a motorbike. We choose the direction to the village of Paxong, 50 kilometers away. On this route we visit four waterfalls. One of them is the twin Tat Fan waterfall. These are two watercourses located next to each other, falling into a 120-meter deep precipice. Along the way, they crash into the rocks, presenting a wonderful spectacle. We admire it only from a distance as the way to the waterfalls is a few hours walk through the jungle.
Tad Yuang is another very impressive product of nature. Several dozen meters high, surrounded by beautiful vegetation. It makes a huge impression on us. First, we come to the very edge, where there is an amazing view of the deviation where the water falls. Then we go to the bottom, where the breeze is so strong that after a few minutes we are all wet. On the way back, one of the local girls shows us a huge spider, like we saw during our visit to Kong Lo Cave. It turned out that they are not dangerous, and in addition they are on the menu of local cuisine.
The third waterfall is Tad Charpee. To get to it, you must go down a very impressive ladder made of branches and roots growing out of the neighbouring trees. This waterfall, consisting of three watercourses, is not too high, but the possibility of entering behind its curtain makes us incredibly happy. Another attraction is the raft, on which you can swim up to the waterfall by pulling a rope attached to it. Of course, we take an opportunity to experience this.
The last waterfall turned out to be the least attractive of all we saw today, but that does not mean we did not like it. Waterfalls, whether small or large, are always worth a visit. They show how wonderful and fanciful mother nature can be. Those visited in the Bolaven Plateau are surrounded by lush vegetation, which makes them more attractive. We had no problem finding them. They are very well marked.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru