The trail to Kuang Si Falls passes by the Tat Kuang Si, a zoo-like rescue center that is home to Asiatic Black Bears that have been freed from poachers. The animals are hamming it up for us, as if they appreciate having an audience: they roll on the ground, swing on tires, climb ladders and scratch their hindquarters animatedly.
The path continues to the base of Kuang Si Falls.
The walk has been nice but brief: it’s only 1:30. Crap. Now what do I do for 2 1/2 hours? I drink, of course, buying a big Beer Laos at the parking area and returning to a watering holes that I passed earlier.
Observing the humans at play at the watering hole is every bit as amusing as watching the bears (and more entertaining than staring at the Kuang Si Falls). Kids and adults from around the world are stripped down and running amok. A friendly competition exists among the males of the species, as they attempt to one-up one another by flipping off the trees and tops of the falls. The fun they’re having is contagious.