Khone Phapheng Waterfalls

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Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Required : 4 to 5 hours

Entry Fee : 50,000 LAK per person

Khone Phapheng Waterfalls, Champasak Overview

The Khone Phapheng is the largest Waterfalls in South East Asia, located on the Mekong river in Champasak province in southern Laos. It consists of hundreds of waterways, streams and cascades of rapids, which gives the name Si Phan Don or Four Thousand Islands to the region. It stretches for over 10 km in length and over one kilometre in width. The highest waterfalls reach up to 21 meters, and the current speed of the rapids are among the highest in the world. It is one of the top attractions among the tourists visiting Don Det and Don Khone islands, and also one of the most expensive destinations in Laos due to its high entrance fees and transportation costs.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Khone Phapheng Waterfalls is during the rainy season between August and November when water levels are at their best. The best time to be there early in the morning if you want to avoid crowds or in the late afternoon for a pleasant weather and great sunset views.

Activities in and around Khone Phapheng Waterfalls

The waterfalls park is home to Manikhote temple dedicated to Manikhoth tree, which is more than 2000 years old and is a sacred tree to the people of Laos. 

There are many viewing platforms available for tourists to capture the beauty of waterfalls. There are restaurants serving various cuisines along the waterfalls also offering views. You can have a relaxing lunch, dinner or drinks witnessing the gorgeous waterfalls. 

You can opt for Kayaking tours that can be booked via your guesthouses or hotels. The availability is based on the season and the levels of water currents, and costs around 20 to 25 USD per person or lesser if you opt for a group tour.


  • There are many options for food and drinks in restaurants and cafes near the falls, which are expensive. It is better to carry your food and picnic.
  • There are no ATMs near the waterfalls. It is recommended to carry some cash.
  • The currents in the rapids are very high and also contains sharp, hidden rocks. So do not swim or dive in the waterfalls.
  • The drive to Nakasang is through muddy roads, so be cautious while driving a motorbike.

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