A local woman fishing at Tad Lo
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Our Tad Lo Resort has a spectacular setting perched above the Sexet River at Tad Lo waterfall with an incredible ambiance and great views of Tad Lo and Tad Hang waterfalls just below. We enjoy the natural surroundings exploring by foot or elephant. Tad Lo spreads over a beautiful forest in the Bolaven Plateau. The gushing waters of the waterfall fall in to a pool beneath which will beckon anyone out there for a cool dip. Tad Hang is the first set of falls you'll see when you arrive -- they are the smallest and gentlest of the three, but provide the best opportunity for taking a dip. The water is admittedly a bit murky, but not unhealthy. You'll spot a lot of locals fishing in the waters as well. Locals are still employing traditional fishing techniques. Men hunt and fish with throw nets and hooks while women with dip nets and baskets. She manage to catch a few tiddlers and store them into a small woven baskets on her waist. The Sexet river plays a vital role in the lives of the local inhabitants who are mainly engaged in fishing. Sticky rice and fish which will serve as a mid-day meal. There are many fish dishes in Laos.
Tad Lo waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau - Laos and is a great spot to find the locals fishing. Also children from the 'ethnic villages' spend most of their days not at school, but fishing and collecting snails from the river which runs through Tad Lo. There are some nice waterfalls and pools. It's a great area for trekking, and there are many ethnic villages nearby.
Tad Lo is in Salavan Province, but most commonly visited on trips based from Pakse, 85 km away via the Salavan Road - Route 20. It's something of a budget traveler's paradise, but we were surprised at how few backpackers are actually onto this fact. Tad Lo is really a series of three falls: Tad Suong, Tad Lo and Tad Hang. Most accommodation is grouped in the village of Kieng Than Lei. The first is right next to the village, the second is about a 1km walk upstream and the third is about 8 km upstream. The second waterfall can be easily found by following the jungle path on the left hand side of the river facing upstream. You will hear it before you see it, and there is a home-made set of steps to take you down to the bottom of the waterfall. You can also hop around the large stones at the top of the waterfall, and even jump off if you have the cohones! although check the area you're jumping into first!.