Our pictorial walk through Kuang Si waterfall park and the Pha Tad Ke Botanical gardens.

It was an interesting one hour drive to the waterfall which, rather than a single waterfall, consisted of a main drop and then a number of cascading pools that tumbled down the mountainside. The park included additional treats such as; the bear rescue centre, information on the forest that we walked through and, a short distance down the road, a butterfly park.

Getting to the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens involved a brisk walk from our accommodation in Luang Prabang and then a 15 minute boat ride down and across the Mekong river.

Two different experiences which both connected us to nature.

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On the trip out to Kuang Si we passed many terraced rice paddies, organic vegetable enterprises and even a buffalo diary farm complete with an ice cream shop.
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The local Moon Bears face a challenging life in the wild from poachers. Those ‘lucky’ enough to have been rescued ‘enjoy’ a new life that involves a bit of lazing around in the many hammocks available in their large enclosure.
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As you wander further up the track you encounter a series of pools – that you can swim in – if you really want to.
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The amazing colour is due to copper nitrate leaching from the limestone that the river tumbles through. It also results in the build-up of sediment that forms the terraced pools (see two photo below)

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The boat arrives at Pha Tad Se which occupies former Royal Family land in a quiet location on the banks of the Mekong River – downstream from Luang Prabang.
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One of the many trees with spikes on their trunks – not something you would want to attempt to climb. 
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An orchid tree
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The garden was a collection of themed gardens featuring different plant types. I captured Joe in the Bamboo garden. We have been amazed at the uses of bamboo from bridges to scaffolding to clothing. We have even eaten deep fried bamboo – very tasty.
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One of the more unusual Ginger plant flowers
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I forgot to note the name of this plant – it was a tree similar to a Paw Paw.
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I didn’t have much luck capturing butterflies at the butterfly park but the ones at Pha Tad Ke were far more co-operative which allowed me to snap this one.
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Completely unrelated but on our second to last night here in Luang Prabang we were treated to an eclipse of the moon – I managed to get this shot of the ‘blood moon’  – without a tripod.

 

 

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