Tim: Spent a few days hanging out in Luang Prabang. Finally got Laos SIM cards for our iphones, so we were able to call home. We opted for a pickup ride out to the Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. The ride took about 50 minutes sitting on benches in the back of a Chinese truck. On the way to the waterfall there was an Asiatic Black Bear and Sun Bear conservation facility. There were about 10 bears and we were able to get within 2 feet of the bears at times.
After a five minute walk we reached the first of several waterfalls within several hundred meters of each other. The water was cloudy blue, similar to glacier water. One of the bigger waterfalls had a large pool below it that included a small rope swing. You could also jump of the waterfall into the pool below. It was about a 10 foot jump. The water was surprisingly cold; probably the coldest water we have been in since being in SE Asia.