Fodor's Expert Review Tad Fane
The waterfall is set on the border of the Dong Hua Sao National Park and up in the cool air of the Bolaven Plateau, Laos's premiere coffee-growing region. There’s good hiking here, and the cool temperatures are a relief from the heat and humidity down on the Mekong. The area is accessible as a day trip from Pakse, though there is a somewhat run-down and overpriced resort at the base of the falls should you care to stay. Aside from the easy stroll out to the viewing platform above the main falls, you can also take a guided walk down to the base of the falls, or venture onto one of the roundabout trails going up above the falls. These trails take in some minor falls and some fun swimming holes. Farther afield, the beautiful Tat Yuang falls can be reached in about an hour via a trail from Tad Fane, or from a turnout at Km 40 on the main road. Inquire at the resort about guides and trail information.