Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (2023)


  • highlights
  • Fast Facts
  • Travel essentials
  • The top things to do
  • Tips for visiting
  • How to get to KhonePhapheng Falls?

If you want to see themlargest waterfall in the worldby volume and width, it is in southern Laos where the mighty Mekong River plunges into a pool in cataracts. It has several names such as KhonePhapheng in Lao and Khone Falls, and in French it is called Chutes De Khone.

This waterfall may have made Laotian Mekong Basin civilization distinctive, for although it was very useful for the indigenous people to float around Laos on its broad, calm face, it kept travel, trade and naval invasions at bay from the sea.

Most people never see it. It's out of the way of most tourist trips. There are no big cities or airports in the immediate vicinity, and the transport infrastructure there is primitive. So it's a good idea to arrange a private driver to take you there, drive around and bring you back to the food and hotel. Here you will find important information about the waterfall, activities around it and prices for admission and transport.

Highlights of KhonePhapheng Falls

A huge amount of white water:hear it roar! Many rivers have a larger volume of water. However, these rivers do not have large falls like this one.

Good for:People who love natural places, waterfalls and majestic landscapes

Not too touristy:The whole area is off the beaten track in far south Laos, where it's quieter, sleepy and lazy. The island towns are good for relaxing, and you'll find plenty of foreigners just doing that. The main international travelers are Thais, Vietnamese and Westerners. There are no large Chinese and Korean tour groups like in the north.

(Video) VISIT SOUTHERN LAOS. The worlds widest waterfall, Khone Phapheng including epic drone FAIL

Many other activities nearby:It is in the Champasak province which is rich in activities without the crowds. You can find amazing places like 4,000 islets and the waterfall. You can kayak the wide Mekong, stay and eat in laid-back native towns, cruise to other waterfalls and kayak out to see dolphins!

Recommended itinerary

28 Days Great Indochina Tour Myanmar - Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia - Thailand

What our customers said

Three weeks around Vietnam

A special shout out to our last tour guide in Bangkok - Ms. Ka-Noon, who spoiled us with her kindness and then got us through check-in and security for our flight home at this huge Bangkok airport in record time.


Debut, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (2)

Three weeks around Vietnam

Three weeks with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Albee Ning arranged everything perfectly. No shortage in the whole 3 weeks. Guide, flights (total 7), hotels, private tours…everything was excellent. Traveling on a private tour gave us so much freedom to change up our day if we wanted to rest or go somewhere else.


Debut, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (3)

Three weeks around Vietnam

Asia Highlights is without question the way to go. The next trip abroad will certainly be booked with them. Thank you for a wonderful and stress free holiday experience.


Debut, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (4)

For the last 5 years we have used Asia…

We have used Asia Highlights twice in the last 5 years. And both times we had fantastic holidays. Wouldn't want to do it any differently if we travel to Asia from now on. Sharon was fantastic. She was a wonderful agent who helped us plan our trip and made everything as smooth as possible.


Todd Atwell, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (5)

Family trip to Thailand

Our trip to Thailand spanned three generations of family, ten people and an age range from 4 to 70, so a potentially difficult task. Our two week itinerary included four locations and a number of different trips and tours The Asian highlights of the extremely busy Bangkok airport were great. At each location we were met by a smiling, knowledgeable and professional guide who just made everything easy and stress free for everyone. Our transportation was clean and comfortable. Transport was always ready for us at the agreed time and the drivers were excellent. There were so many highlights that all ages enjoyed. The floating houses, the railway market and the elephant sanctuary were particularly popular. We had a small glitch with the accommodation in Phuket which was immediately rectified by Tip. I think we would have struggled to solve the problem ourselves. So, many thanks to Asia Highlights, Cathy, Tip and the tour guides Tanny, Sam and Lisa. It was an unforgettable holiday and we will be back.


Roger Pyle, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (6)

Family trip to Thailand

So, many thanks to Asia Highlights, Cathy, Tip and the tour guides Tanny, Sam and Lisa. It was an unforgettable holiday and we will be back.


Roger Pyle, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (7)

Trip of a Lifetime from Asia Highlights!

I can highly recommend Asia Highlights as a travel company. Our travel consultant Albee took the time to liaise with us during the planning process to ensure we were comfortable with our itinerary. When we arrived we were met by our guide and all the details were taken care of. You have chosen great hotels and tours. I often describe our trip as the trip of a lifetime! Would definitely use them again if we come back to Asia


Nancy Parker, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (8)

Asia Highlights and Albee - highly recommended

Asia Highlights is a very reliable agency and Albee is a great representative of the company. From the moment we contacted them until we left, all the support we received was 6 star. She created our trip quote within hours and was extremely flexible afterwards to customize it to our needs. In the time between the offer and the trip, Albee was always available for all our questions and gave us the best possible support. During the trip she was again flexible to add new activities/transfers and this went as smoothly as possible. Thank you Albee and Asia Highlights. In any case, we will contact you again on our next trip to Asia


AZ, February 2023

Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos: The largest waterfall in the world (9)

(Video) Khone Phapheng waterfall, Laos

KhonePhapheng Falls Fast Facts

  • Height, width and volume:The main drop is 14 meters (45 feet), and the Cataracts Staircase has a total drop of 22 meters.
  • Broad:It is almost11 kilometers wide.However, at one point you will only see a small portion of the falls.
  • Volume:The flow is 9,500,000 liters (2,500,000 gallons) per second. That's almost twice the volume of Niagara Falls.
  • Suitable for:nature lover and photography

KhonePhapheng Travel Essentials

  • Best time to visit: The dry season lasts from around November to April when there is no monsoon season. However, during the monsoon season, the water is deeper and more impressive.
  • Opening hours: approx. 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily. For best lighting, 8:00 a.m. Crowds arrive at 11:00 a.m.
  • Recommended Visiting Time:You can spend an exhilarating hour hiking to the waterfall and back.
  • Time for a walk next to the waterfall:From the gate you can walk 10 minutes to the waterfall. A golf cart for the 200 meter distance costs an additional 11,000 kip.
  • Tickets:A VIP ticket including a carriage ride costs 55,000 kip (approx. 7.00 USD). There is an entrance fee of 44,000 kip to just walk 10 minutes to the falls.

Featured Articles

Lao cuisine, Lao food

Laos weather in June

How to Apply for a Laos Visa

The 8 Best Things to Do in Vang Vieng, Laos

Laos Shopping - Travel Tips, what to buy and where

history of Laos

Laos weather in April

Laos Transport: The Best Ways to Travel in Laos

The top things to do

Photo:At the waterfall you can take really scenic, epic shots. For the best lighting, arrive around 8:00 AM.

Kayaking on the Mekong to the falls:Kayaks and guided kayak tours are available. From Don Det, for example, take a kayak with a guide for a fee of around 200,000 kip, or $25. There are rapids along the way and they know how to handle them. It is a good day trip with lunch and you will arrive in the afternoon. You can go further to try to find dolphins.

Tips for visiting KhonePhapheng Waterfall

Here are some tips to help you have a great time.

Crime safety tips

Take care of your money and valuables:We recommend bringing just a bit of cash with you. Watch your phone and valuables.

Avoid shipping fraud:Sometimes there are scams related to transportation or equipment rental. Do not leave your passport anywhere as a deposit unless absolutely necessary.

Local Etiquette

Laotians dress conservatively and are embarrassed or offended when men and women show too much skin. Wear tops at the falls.

(Video) Khone Phapheng, The world's widest waterfall in Laos

Recommended itinerary

12 Days Tour from Laos to Vietnam Luang Prabang - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

How to get to KhonePhapheng Falls?

local travel

You can choose the option that works best for you and the time you want to spend. Discuss in detail with your driver how long he will wait for you. If possible, pay at the end of the trip rather than in advance.

Go through people with good reputations:To avoid problems, we suggest your hotel or hostel arrange a ride with a reputable person to avoid problems like driving away or driver overloading. If you choose your own ride, try to get on with a group of other tourists. We do not recommend traveling alone in a vehicle or with a motorcyclist for out of town tours.

  • Round trip by Tuk Tuk (Songthaew, Pickup):ca. 60,000 Kip (approx. 7.00 USD).
  • Take a tour:There are numerous small tourism companies and tour guides/drivers offering their services. Most will try to limit the time for your trip and limit what you can do, and you may have to go with other customers. Some might surprise you with additional fees or issues.
  • Private tours:Asia Highlights is a good choice for those who want to arrange a tour with convenient and fast transportation with an experienced English speaking tour guide. You can travel in cool comfort, set the itinerary, and have the time and flexibility to go where you want, allowing you to visit multiple sites in a day. Check out the options below. You set the agenda.

Air-conditioned car:The climate is very hot and humid. Temperatures often rise above 35°C or 100°F. We ensure comfortable and cool transportation.

(Video) Mekong Journey, Laos - Khone Phapheng Waterfalls

Consider a private driver versus flight and public transport

Since the nearest airport, Pakse Airport (PKZ), is three and a half hours from the waterfall, it makes sense to travel by road from many far-flung places, maybe even Vang Vieng. Here are some examples.

  • From Siem Reap, Cambodia:In the best case, a trip to the falls using a combination of public transport and a flight from Siem Reap to Pakse Airport can take 6 hours in total, including 1 hour for the flight in the best case, if there are no flight delays. The total cost can be as high as $600. However, a private driver like ours can get you there directly in about 10 hours including stops.
  • From Danang:The ride with our private driver could take around 10 hours including a meal break, but the ride on public transport and a flight would take about the same time or more if things go well and it would probably cost more than $300 USD. The reason is that you would have to change trains in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • From Vang Vieng, Laos:The popular northern Laotian tourist city is far from the nearest airport. For example, if you go to Vientiane Airport in four and a half hours by public transport, take a flight to Pakse and continue by public transport. The total trip would take 11 hours at best, at a cost of approximately $300. If driving direct, a private driver can take 15 hours including meal stops.

If you take a bus from Vang Vieng to Don Det, it takes 48 hours. Then it's on to the waterfalls. We can turn this otherwise arduous and long journey into a 2 or 3 day scenic road tour with stops at highlights along the way and relaxing accommodation. Having a personal driver and an experienced tour guide is a great advantage.

Recommended itinerary

17 Days Private Tour to Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos Unique Private Indochina Tour

Visit KhonePhapheng with us

Traveling with us is an excellent way to explore the entire region as the airport is 3½ hours from the waterfall. The Mekong and the many islands make traveling more time-consuming and complicated. So you might as well go all the way by road vehicle from numerous locations in central and northern Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.


We can turn your waterfall excursion into a great inland tour with stops, meals, accommodation and things to do along the way as you wish. It's safer than public travel and more enjoyable. Contact us and we will provide you with expert advice to help you design your own tour. We are a large regional tour company with experience in South East Asia and can arrange a multi-country trip that is an enjoyable adventure.


1. Khone Phapheng falls ,Laos World's widest waterfall in Laos, Fishermen, 4000 islands ຄອນ​ພະ​ເພັງ
(ທ່ຽວ​ເມືອງ​ລາວ LAOS TOUR)
2. Khone Phapheng waterfall ( largest waterfall in the world) Dondet, Laos
(elonajean Ambrad)
(Ryan Ejezie)
(Chai Travel)
5. Asia’s Largest Waterfall Is HERE In Laos
(Travels on Toast)
6. Khon Phapheng waterfall, Laos 🇱🇦 #biggest #waterfall in #southeastasia #asia #nature #laos
(Earth Strollers)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Gov. Deandrea McKenzie

Last Updated: 02/26/2023

Views: 5988

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (66 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Gov. Deandrea McKenzie

Birthday: 2001-01-17

Address: Suite 769 2454 Marsha Coves, Debbieton, MS 95002

Phone: +813077629322

Job: Real-Estate Executive

Hobby: Archery, Metal detecting, Kitesurfing, Genealogy, Kitesurfing, Calligraphy, Roller skating

Introduction: My name is Gov. Deandrea McKenzie, I am a spotless, clean, glamorous, sparkling, adventurous, nice, brainy person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.