About and hour from Luang Namtha by road which winds through the beautiful National Protected Area is Phagneung Phoukulom Waterfall. The walk into the waterfall is just under 1 kilometre and is mainly a level easy walk, with some small inclines and a few stairs to nagivate. This is the only place where you can enter the fringe of the National Protected Area without being on an organised tour.
There’s lots to look at on the walk to the waterfall, of course the river is beautiful and is always different depending on whether it has rained recently or not. There are many small animals and spiders to see along the way and interesting plants too.
The waterfall itself has quite a lot of force in wet season, and of course is slower and more gentle in dry season, but still definitely worth seeing. You can swim in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall if you’re brave enough – the water is cold and the falls are strong but around the edges you can still chill out and cool down if you want to. To see some photos of Phagneung Phoukulom waterfall click here.