Kuang Si waterfalls and Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre
Ban Tat, Laos
A terrific day with a 30 klm trip from LP by mini van to the Kuang Si waterfalls. As a double bonus the Bear Rescue Centre is on the same site.
Bear Rescue first.................
This is a part of the larger, world wide 'Free The Bears' organisation. Have a look at www.freethebears.org for details. At Kuang Si they seem to deal with Sun Bears, although in this part of the world Asiatic Black Bears are also in need of rescue from humans.
The bears here certainly look well feed and generally have a pretty good time of it - fair enough too when you consider they have all previously been kept in tiny cages having bile extracted from their bile ducts for very dubious 'medical' reasons. Lazing around eating or sleeping seems to be the main agenda for these bears. Me too actually.
We took some video of the falls [files are too large to upload here sorry] and as we approached the first pool I can be heard saying 'this can't be real'.
The photos are pretty good but they don't really show the naturally occuring azure blue of the water.
It's like a fantasy movie set, especially at the main 25 metre high waterfall.
Desley & I did go in for a swim and the water is initially very, very cold but does become bearable (bad pun sorry) after a short while.
We'll let the photo's do the talking.