TAD JAO WATERFALL
The waters feeding this narrow, 20-metre plunge on the banks of the Mekong have attached royalty from Lane Xang Kingdom rulers to present day. A small hermit cave and shrine sit at the head of the falls, and villagers built a shrine above it in 1985 as they consider the area sacred, and disturbing it leads to illness and death. Elders remember when a Lao Airlines flight crashed after flying over the falls, air space that is now a no-fly zone. They say a Khmu soldier returning home in 1976 moved rocks in the stream, thus changing its course. The soldier died shortly after. A family once built a house there, but the stream washed it away.
Location: From Sayabouly District, drive for about 1 hour to Tha Deua and turn left at the turn off the under construction bridge to Luang Prabang. At the cul de sac, a short trail leads to the falls.