Luang Prabang is a picturesque and peaceful small town in northern Laos. It is home to some of the most magnificent destinations in Southeast Asia. On top of the scores of ancient temples and historical monasteries, you must also take the time to visit the Mount Phousi - the highest hill and one of the most popular places to catch a sunrise.

Check out this travel guide to discover helpful information you should know before climbing the sacred mountain.

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    Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang

    Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang

    Phousi Hill Trail Map

    When you travel to Luang Prabang, it is almost customary to climb Mount Phousi- the town's tallest hill standing at a hundred metres above sea level. This popular must-visit destination is located in the very heart of the old town. The journey to reach the top of Mount Phousi only takes approximately 300 steps. Fret not, as the ascend is relatively easy for anyone in an excellent shape.

    Another set of stairs will lead you to two charming Buddhist temples, known as Wat Chom Si and Wat Tham Phousi. You can leisurely admire the beautiful religious site at your own pace. From the peak, you will get a wonderful panoramic view of the city and its many temples, as well as the surrounding distant mountains.

    Phousi Hill Trail Map
    Enjoy a panoramic view of Luang Prabang from the top of Phousi Hill
    Mount Phou Si temples
    Built in 1804, Wat Chom Si is a Buddhist Temple located at Mount Phousi.
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    Golden Buddha statue at Mount Phousi

    How to Get to Mount Phou Si

    Mount Phou Si is located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. There are two starting points here.

    The first one which has a shorter route can be found opposite the Royale Palace Museum near the night market. The second option is to begin from the Nam Khan river on Thanon Phousi. The latter is slighter longer but offers scenic viewpoints. For the best experience, consider ascending from the first route and descending from the other.

    Mount Phou Si steps
    From the entrance near the Royal Palace Museum, it takes approximately 328 steps to reach the summit of Phousi Hill.

    Best Time to Visit Phou Si Hill

    Many visitors prefer to climb the mountain in the morning or evening to catch the incredible sunrise and sunset respectively. However, it is advisable to make your way there before the sunrise if you want to avoid the crowd. If you arrive at the right time, you will get the chance to see the daily alms-giving ceremony that takes place on the streets of Luang Prabang.

    Important Hiking Tips

    One thing that you should keep in mind is that this mountain is considered to be a sacred place by the locals. You will discover temples and statues of deities along the way. Plan your trip and time accordingly if you wish to visit these holy sites.

    Prepare hiking essentials such as torchlight, enough water to keep you hydrated, and insect repellent. Torchlight is a must as it is extremely dark especially if you are planning on going before the sun rises. 
    Wear appropriate attire that is not only suitable for hiking, but also modest and respectful as you are entering a holy site.

    Bring pocket money – you will find vendors selling flowers which you can buy and present at the temples as an offering.

    Tickets & Entrance Fees

    There is an entrance free of 20,000 kips for visitors to Mount Phou Si at Luang Prabang. You are required to pay this amount of money at the halfway point on your way up.

    Contact Information

    Address: Mount Phou Si, Old Town of Luang Prabang, Laos.
    Opening hours: 6am – 7pm
    Contact number: +856 20 98 972 772

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