Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang is one of the best destinations for tourists while they are in Luang Prabang Laos. From the summit, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view across the city and its many temples and over the surrounding landscape to the mountain in the distance. Let’s follow this blog to know more about Mount Phousi!
WHERE IS MOUNT PHOUSI?
Located right in the heart of the city between the rivers of Mekong and Nam Khan, Mount Phousi stands majestically at a height of 100m. As the highest point in town, a lot of tourists flock to the summit to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous sunset over the Mekong River and enjoy the mountainous landscapes that Luang Prabang brings to them. And when UNESCO recognized Luang Prabang is the spiritual heart of Laos, Mount Phousi is the heart of that same charming city in both spirituality and geography.
• Mount Phousi Entrance Fee: About 20,000 kips ( ~ 2USD/ 2.5 USD ), and you’ll pay this about halfway up.
• Mount Phousi Opening Hours: You can climb Mount Phousi from 5:30 am each day, and while it technically closes at 6 pm, after sunset every day.
• The best time to visit Mount Phousi is the late afternoon when you watch the beautiful sunset; or early morning to admire the sunrise.
If you are looking for a Sunrise or Sunset Tour on Mount Phousi, let’s check these out. The local guides are so knowledgeable and friendly that I can’t recommend enough.
Luang Prabang Sunrise Tour
Duration: about 4 hours
Price: From 49 USD/person
Luang Prabang Sunset Tour
Duration: about 4 hours
Price: From 45 USD/person
WHAT TO SEE ON MOUNT PHOUSI?
Mount Phousi is the best spot in town to watch the sunset. From the top of the mountain, you can see a fabulous view of Luang Prabang and the Mekong Delta. Moreover, you can take in a stunning panorama of Luang Prabang and the tranquil valley in which it sits. In the distance, the blue jungle-clad mountains rise above the peaceful rivers, and the whole scene is absolutely breathtaking. This is the reason why Luang Prabang is one of the most widely-chosen cities in Asia.
Wat Chom Si is a temple and golden stupa in Mount Phousi. Constructed in 1804 by King Anourat, it covers the whole incredible view of Luang Prabang. There is also a smaller grotto that ‘s home to large golden Buddha, and it’s an active site for the locals here.
Besides, visiting Mount Phousi in the early morning to catch the sunrise is also possible. However, be careful when climbing because it is extremely dark. If you like to have an adventure trip, it’s for you. You can imagine the fanciful scene of Mount Phousi in the early morning and take some photos would be a perfect choice.
HOW TO REACH TO MOUNT PHOUSI IN LUANG PRABANG
There are two staircases leading to the top of Mount Phousi. The first, which rises opposite the Royal Palace Museum on Sisavongvang road ( near Luang Prabang’s night market ), tends to be the most popular route up to the top with only 328 steps. The only drawback is that there aren’t many scenic spots on this way up, but it’s the quickest way.
The second way to the top begins next to Nam Khan river on Thanon Phousi, with 355 steps. We recommend you should follow this way since it takes a number of important cultural sites, including a small cave temple, a reclining Buddha, a multi-headed serpent and a footprint of Buddha.
TRAVEL TIPS WHEN VISITING MOUNT PHOUSI
If you’re going for sunset, you should get up there early. We were up there in the low season and still, there was a massive crowd up there. One useful tip is to remember to be respectful. You know, it’s also a sacred stupa. People sometimes climbed all over the stupa up top and it’s rude.
All the above recommendations are the best ways to travel to Mount Phousi that we’ve suggested for you. Take it into your consideration and make the best choice suitable for your schedule, budget, and interests. Don’t forget to visit our I LOVE ASIA TOUR for the latest posts regarding tourists attractions and travel tips to get great experience in Laos.