Discover Mount Phousi - Luang Prabang
Straddling Mekong River and Nam Khan River, Mount Phousi rises 150 meters above ground. Trip Guru suggests climbing this hill at the center of the old town of Luang Prabang to watch the sun rise and set, get a glimpse of the town’s spiritual houses, and enjoy a great view of the city.
The best time to negotiate the steps leading to the top of the hill is early in the morning, when there are less people. At this time of the day, you have a good chance of enjoying the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere fostered by the Buddhists temples in the area. Among the well-known temples you can visit are Wat Tham Phousi and its reclining Buddha, and the golden Wat Chomsi on top of the hill. The downside of visiting early in the morning is that you will have to wait for the sun to burn off the morning mist before you can get a clear image of the city below. The area has stalls where you can buy flowers to offer at the temples and caged birds that you can free to attract good luck and happiness.
The 355-step staircase leading to the top of the hill can be conquered by anyone with good health. It would be a good idea to bring mosquito repellent, and a hat and a bottle of water to combat the heat. For the convenience of visitors, there are several resting areas going up the hill and there are snack shops at the peak.
Mount Phousi welcomes tourists at any time, but people often visit late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the midday sun and to make the most out of the view. Because of the hill’s convenient location at the center of the city, travelers should expect a crowd in the area at this time of the day. The stairs leading to the top of the hill can be found opposite the Royal Palace Museum in Thanon Sisavangvong and in Thanon Phousi, near the Hive Bar. Note that Mount Phousi has a moderate entrance fee of about 2 USD.
What our experts tell about this experience.
I like scaling up to great challenges, but this mountain was a bit too much for my stamina. I admit that the dragons on the stoned steps were pretty neat, but, it was difficult getting to the top without feeling completely exhausted, especially if your surroundings are mixed with the number of people, heat, and elevation.