luang prabang / NEGOTIATION A PRICE
Luang Prabang a World Heritage town is one of the most acquainted small cities I have ever visited and if I ever get the chance, I definitely would go back in a heart beat. The city boast a fusion of traditional architecture and Laos urban buildings. I stayed at the Soutikone Guesthouse 2 which cost $25 USD per night, it was clean in a basic room and had everything I needed, a place to sleep and dump my bag whilst I explore 😉
The hotel said it would cost $25 USD for a tuk tuk driver to take me to Tad Sae Waterfalls and they would be able to organise the private driver for myself (there are tours available however they included elephant riding and I am totally against this). I decided to put my negotiation skills to the test again, as this price for me was a little steep for a trip to a waterfall seeing that it would only cost me about $5-6 AUD to explore Kuang Si Waterfall a bigger and popular waterfall (more on that adventure later..)
The price I was willing to pay was $15 USD for a 30-40 minute drive from the city centre of Luang Prabang. I had approached about 3-4 drivers whom some wasn’t sure how to get there and all wanting $20 USD but I was not willing to budge. In a little shock of being rejected by my $15 USD round trip price which I thought was great and really wanting to explore the waterfall as it was about 1pm now, my price was now $17 USD.. the fifth tuk tuk driver had rejected my offer but called another driver over who had a bigger tuk tuk and between us we agreed on 17! yasss
GETTING TO TAD SAE WATERFALL
I enjoyed and loved every minute sitting on the back of a tuk tuk for about 30 minutes, sometimes going up and being quite dusty. The driver waited for about 2-2.5 hours as agreed, whilst I boarded this boat below with the boat driver, absolutely loved it! The boat ride cost 20,000 kip for a return trip.
There is an ‘elephant centre’ where you can meet elephants BUT please do not be a tourist and ride the elephants. Humans cannot ride Wild elephants and so baby elephants are tortured when they are young to break their spirit.
there are 2 different sections of waterfalls to explore
After the fun adventure I went back on the same type of boat back where my driver was waiting. 🙂 I paid the driver when I got back to my accomodation.
Hoped you enjoyed this edition have a great week! x