LAOS – Luang Prabang – Self-Guided Hike from Ban Long Lao to Kuang Sy Waterfalls

A self-guided hike to the famous Kuang Sy waterfalls through ethnic communities, vegetable gardens, rice fields and forested areas.


Classic, Self-Guided Tours, Sustainable

Country - City

Laos - Luang Prabang

Market segment

Groups, Thematic Leisure

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October to March

Arrival city

Luang Prabang

Departure city

Luang Prabang


After an early morning drive, traveling through mountains, valleys and local villages, the ethnic Hmong village of Ban Long Lao will appear. After visiting the village, the GPS-activated directions and points of interest will lead the way on an 8-kilometer hike through vegetable gardens, rice fields and forested areas under the shade of hard wood trees, all the way to the multi-tiered turquoise waterfalls of Kuang Sy. Upon arrival at the falls there will be a chance to relax, bathe, enjoy lunch, and visit the bear rescue center before meeting the driver and heading back towards Luang Prabang. On the way back there will be a quick stop for a buffalo-milk ice cream at the Buffalo Dairy – a delicious reward after a very active morning!

Selling points

  • A self-guided journey along the best short hiking route in the surroundings of Luang Prabang.
  • It is a unique and amazing way to arrive at the famous Kuang Sy Waterfalls.
  • It provides an opportunity to discover an ethnic village of the Hmong community.
  • An easy to moderate level walk with beautiful and diverse landscapes on the way
  • An application with a GPS route, directions, and points of interests for travelers to explore the countryside on their own.
  • Possible to combine with other self-guided tours in Laos to create a self-guided itinerary.

Time And Transportation

From To Km By Duration Road condition
Luang Prabang Ban Long Lao 20 Minivan 1 hour Dirt road but fairly good condition
Kuang Sy Luang Prabang 30 Minivan 45 minutes – 1 hour Good paved road


  • The average duration based on previous groups is around 3-4 hours, though it completely depends on the travelers and their walking speed and how often they stop.

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How to sell it

  • Best included in a self-guided tour program to Laos or combined with other destinations.
  • Good to include if travelers have time to themselves and want to try something new.
  • This is the best short hike we offer close to Luang Prabang – it is an amazing way to arrive at Kuang Sy Waterfalls.
  • This can be sold as a standalone activity (think expats when the borders reopen), included in a hybrid guided/SGT tour, or as one of the components of the 4D3N or 7D6N SGT modules.

Why this activity

  • Developed as one of the first products in our self-guided project.

Good to combine with

Other self-guided products in Luang Prabang:

If travelers include Vang Vieng in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Vientiane in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Hinboun in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Nong Khiaw in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

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Competitor comparison

  • No competitors currently offer self-guided tours.


  • Easia Signature
  • Cheaper to sell than a conventional hike to Kuang Sy as there is no guide and no active supplement to pay.
  • It puts Easia ahead of our competitors and shows that we are innovators as nobody else sells this type of tour in Laos.
  • Easy to operate as travelers basically take care of themselves.


  • Travelers need to have a basic knowledge of technology.
  • There is no guide to assist with on-spot issues such as finding the driver at Kuang Sy.


  • The hike is approximately 8 kilometers with an accumulated ascent of around 230 meters and an accumulated descent of around 430 meters.
  • The hike should take between 3 and 4 hours at a leisurely pace.
  • We recommend pick up from the hotel no later than 08:00


  • The path is easy to follow but there are two sections which are a little bit rocky and where travelers should take extra care.
  • It is not possible in the rainy season – too muddy and too many leeches!
  • On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own entrance fees, meals, snacks, and drinks.

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Quotation guideline

Roadbook Template Trip


ERP module

  • Tour Classification: S41-Easia Active
  • Language: English
  • Tour Type: FIT
  • Tour Name: SGT – Luang Prabang – Self-Guided Hike from Ban Long Lao to Kuang Sy – 1D – ENG
  • Tour Code: 210224030907

Sales should add the SIM card and internet package if necessary.

On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own entrance fees. The costs they will have to pay will be as follows:

  • Kuang Sy Waterfall Entrance Fee – 20,000kip/person
  • Cave at the source of the river (optional) – 10,000kip/person


  • Self-guided program downloadable to the Roadbook app on the travelers’ phones.
  • Transportation Luang Prabang – Ban Long Lao and Kuang Sy – Luang Prabang


  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals and drinks.
  • Ice cream at the Buffalo Dairy.

Important notes

  • The driver will meet the travelers at about 08:00 at their hotel and take them to Ban Long Lao. He will then drive to pick them up at Kuang Sy.
  • Please tell the driver to give his phone number to the travelers and to tell them to take his photo and a photo of the car to make it easier for them to find him later. If they call him when they are at Kuang Sy he should go meet them by the ticket office.

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Self-Guided Hike from Ban Long Lao to Kuang Sy Waterfalls
Meet your driver in the reception area at 08:00 and travel into the mountains, through the valleys and passing local villages along the way. After reaching the Hmong ethnic community of Ban Long Lao, open the App and start the Hike to Kuang Sy activity. Start your walk and follow the GPS-activated directions to the famous Kuang Sy waterfalls, walking through the village, the vegetable gardens, rice fields and forests under the shade of hardwood trees, such as rosewood and ebony. Just before arriving at the waterfalls you’ll come across the source of the river and a small restaurant, a great place for an early lunch! After another 30 minutes you’ll arrive at the Kuang Sy waterfalls where you can rest, swim, have lunch if you didn’t already have it, and visit the bear sanctuary before finding your driver (give him a call if you need to and he can go meet you at the ticket office) and heading back towards Luang Prabang. On the way back, the driver will stop by the roadside at the Buffalo Dairy Farm, a social enterprise which rents female buffaloes from local farmers to milk them while providing the locals with a regular source of income.  Here you’ll be able to buy an ice cream made from buffalo milk – it’s delicious and a great reward after a long hike!

Distance and duration of the hike: 8 kilometers – about 3h 30min
Transportation: Luang Prabang to Ban Long Lao, 25 kilometers – 1 hour; Kuang Sy to Luang Prabang, 30 kilometers – 45 minutes

Notes: We suggest taking a photo of the car number plate and driver as well as getting his phone number to make locating him at Kuang Sy easier.