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Phousi Hill – Climbing Mount Phou Si For The Best Luang Prabang Views!

Nestled in the heart of the Old Town of Luang Prabang is Phousi Hill – also known as Phou Si Mountain, where you can enjoy the most breathtaking views around!

Despite being called a mountain, it only takes maybe 10 minutes to climb it and you will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the town below and views of the Mekong River and the mountains surrounding Luang Prabang.

Hiking up Phousi Hill is a must-do on any Luang Prabang or Laos travel itinerary.

In this guide we will cover everything about visiting Mount Phousi, from how to get there, entrance fee. when to visit, and important things to know before you go.

phousi mountain sunset view Mekong river Laos

Where Is Mount Phousi Located?

Mount Phousi is centrally located in Luang Prabang. Rising approximately 100 meters above the town, it is an iconic landmark in the town that you can’t miss. Here is the Google maps location.

How Much Is The Entrance Fee To Phousi Hill?

The entrance fee to Mount Phousi is 20,000 Lao Kip (approximately $2 USD). 

How To Get To Phousi Hill

The start of the trail to Mount Phousi summit is very close to Luang Prabang’s Night Market. Head towards the Royal Palace Museum. From there, follow the signs leading to the base of Mount Phousi.

If you are on the other side of the Nam Khan River, a bamboo bridge connects to the base of Mount Phousi. Cross the bridge and follow the signs to the entrance.

How Long Is The Hike Up Mount Phou Si?

To reach to top of Mount Phousi, it’s just a short 100 metre climb up the hill. It takes around 10-15  minutes to climb, meaning it is accessible for most fitness levels.

phousi mountain sunset view Mekong river Laos

What To Expect On The Mount Phou Si Hike

Mount Phousi is a place of spiritual significance for the locals, so you’ll see many locals as well as tourists walking up the mountain. There are many examples of spiritually significance along the trail.

First off you’ll see the sacred staircases that are adorned with vibrant Nagas (serpent-like mythical creatures) on each side. These serpents are said to bring protection and good fortune.

Further on you’ll see the Wat Chom Si golden stupa.

When you reach the summit, you’ll see the spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong River, and the lush landscapes surrounding the town. 

Discover the footprint of Lord Buddha at the summit, as well as the lovely little temple – make sure to be respectful and quiet, and don’t disturb any worshippers.

As this is a spiritual place for the local people, dress appropriately. Even though it’s hot, bring a shawl or scarf with you to cover your shoulders.

When Is The Best Time To Climb Phousi Hill?

Sunset is the most popular time to visit Mount Phousi – for both tourists and locals, as the views at this time are just stunning.

It does get VERY busy at this time though – you’ll struggle to even find somewhere to sit sometimes so you may want to arrive early to get a good spot!

If you plan to go for sunset (or sunrise), make sure to plan your timing accordingly so you don’t miss it!

phousi mountain sunset view Mekong river Laos

Other Things To Do In Luang Prabang:

  1. Kuang Si Waterfalls: Rent a motorbike and head on a day trip to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls, full of turquoise cascades and natural beauty.
  2. Alms Giving Ceremony: Experience the tradition of the Alms Giving Ceremony, where locals offer food to monks in the early morning. Be respectful and observe from a distance.
  3. Royal Palace Museum: Explore the Royal Palace Museum, where you’ll see artifacts, royal regalia, and the former residence of Laos’ royal family.
  4. Mekong River Cruise: Take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong River to witness the beautiful landscapes and charming riverside villages.
  5. Night Market: Head to the vibrant Luang Prabang Night Market and soak up the atmosphere. Browse through handmade crafts, textiles, and local delicacies.

And if you’ll be heading to Vang Vieng after Luang Prabang and are keen for another hike with epic views, make sure you check out the Pha Ngern Viewpoint Hike!

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