Xekong’s waterfalls overflowing with natural charm
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

Tad Faek and Tad Huakhon are the largest waterfalls in Xekong and definitely have to be on the must-visit list of anyone travelling to the province.
Tad Faek and Tad Huakhon are among the main tourist attractions of this small and beautiful province and the writer recently visited these natural wonders for the first time and found they lived up to their reputation. The waterfalls and their surrounds are very scenic, offering visitors a great opportunity to relax and unwind.
Their beauty and refreshing atmosphere will make visitors feel relaxed with many spots at both waterfalls for those who love taking selfies and photos.
The waterfalls are located in the south of the province, at Dan village in Lamam district. Lamam is also the provincial capital and the falls aren’t far from the city centre.

Nearby mountains make the perfect backdrop to Tad Huakhon.

The waterfalls are open daily and entrance is free. The routes leading to the waterfalls from the main road are surfaced and both sites have facilities such as restaurants, cafes, bars, toilets and huts.
Visitors can travel south from Lamam towards the waterfalls and Attapeu province by bus or car along Road No. 16B. Tad Faek comes up on the left before Tad Huakhon.
Tad Faek is about 18km from the city centre and 2km off Road No. 16B. Surrounded by lush green forests, the air is fresh and the water is clean, clear and cool.
Tad Faek is on the Xenamnoy River with a 10 to 15-metre drop and is 250 metres wide. It’s named after faek grass.
In the past, above and below the waterfall was filled with faek grass but in 1968 major floods in the area swept away the grass. The waterfall was opened to tourists in 2008.
There are restaurants serving food and drinks all day long near the waterfall, making it a great place to relax or picnic. Locals love visiting in groups, especially on weekends.
Tad Hua Khon is just one kilometre from Tad Faek travelling south along Road No. 16B, and also on the Xenamnoy River with the area bordering Attapeu province. The waterfall is 10 to 15 metres high and 200 metres wide.
Tad Huakhon was opened to the public in 1999 and has been under a private concession since 2013.
It’s a picturesque place with the local buildings displaying a mix of modern and traditional styles.
There’s homestay accommodation available that serves various local dishes while visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as forest treks, kayaking and rafting.
The name Tad Huakhon means ‘waterfall of human heads’. According to legend, enemies cut off the heads of local people and threw them into this waterfall. This is the reason for the carved wooden heads scattered around the site.
Deputy Director General of Xekong’s Department of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Bounthong Thindonekhong, said these are the largest waterfalls and are notable attractions in the province.
“Many people, including foreigners, visit these falls every day and the number of visitors has been increasing every year,” he said.
Like other provinces, Xekong has an abundance of tourist drawcards, including cultural, historical and natural sites which each have their points of interest.
With the growing reputation of Tad Faek and Tad Huakhon, during Visit Laos Year special preparations have been made to welcome visitors. If you haven’t been to these falls already, you should definitely check them out. Meanwhile, returning visitors will notice the improvements made at the sites.
So if you want to go swimming or just cool off during the hot season, head to these waterfalls in Xekong. You’ll be glad you did.

 

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest UpdateJanuary 27, 2018)

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