Locals often refer to Khone Phapheng Waterfall as the jewel or the pearl of the Mekong, as it is Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall. Millions of liters of water descend over a set of cascades making it one of the most spectacular sites in Southern Laos.
The “Manikoth tree” at the entrance to the site is very famous. The tree used to stand on a rock in the middle of the waterfall but toppled over in 2012 due to flooding. The public wanted to save it, however, as according to an ancient epic poem adapted from the Ramayana, the tree has supernatural powers. After several attempts, the tree was finally brought on safe shores by a helicopter.
The entrance fee is 55,000 Lao kip per person (10/2016).
Food and drink:
There are several small restaurants on the site that offer coffee, lunch, and refreshments.
How to get there:
From Pakse, it is 150km south on Route 13 and only 13km from the Cambodian border. You can go by minivan or car or arrange a tour.