Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang

Nestled in the heart of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is a charming, tranquil town that boasts some of the most awe-inspiring attractions in all of Southeast Asia. With an abundance of ancient temples and historical monasteries, it's no wonder that Luang Prabang is a popular destination for tourists seeking spiritual enlightenment.

One must-see spot that should be on every traveller's list is Mount Phousi - the highest hill in the area and an idyllic location to witness a breathtaking sunrise. Before embarking on your journey, be sure to consult this comprehensive travel guide for invaluable tips and tricks to help you conquer this sacred mountain.

Table of Content

Mount Phousi travel guide laos
Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang

Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang

Phousi Hill Trail Map

If you're travelling to Luang Prabang, scaling the heights of Mount Phousi is a rite of passage. This towering hill stands at an impressive 100 metres above sea level and is located right in the heart of the old town. Fear not, as the ascent to the summit is a relatively easy climb of just 300 steps, making it accessible to anyone in good physical shape.

Once you reach the top, you'll be greeted with a stunning panoramic view of the city's numerous temples, quaint architecture, and the distant mountains that encircle it. But the journey doesn't end there. A further set of stairs leads to two exquisite Buddhist temples - Wat Chom Si and Wat Tham Phousi. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll and admire the intricate designs of these religious sites at your own pace. So if you want to capture the essence of Luang Prabang, be sure to add Mount Phousi to your itinerary.

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.
Mount Phou Si Luang Prabang
Golden Buddha statue at Mount Phousi

How to Get to Mount Phou Si

You have the choice of two starting points to begin your ascent to the summit. The first option is situated opposite the Royale Palace Museum near the vibrant night market. This route is shorter, making it ideal for those who want a brisk climb. The second starting point is located on Thanon Phousi, by the peaceful Nam Khan River. Although this route is slightly longer, it offers a plethora of breathtaking views along the way.

To make the most of your Mount Phou Si experience, we recommend ascending via the first route and descending via the second. This way, you can take in the stunning scenery from both sides of the hill, and witness the beauty of Luang Prabang from all angles.

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

Don't forget to share your travel & dining moments with us on Instagram by tagging @rollinggrace or #RollingGrace. Happy travelling!


  1. Pemandangan yang sangat cantik dan banyak tempat bersejarah yang boleh dilawati . Teringin juga nak ke Loas .

  2. have not been to Laos yet. this is a nice place to visit once I feel OK to travel overseas. thx for info

  3. iena tak pernah pergi Laos lagi. Bila baca artikel ni terasa nak pergi Laos pulak. Banyak tempat menarik untuk dilawati.

  4. Tak pernah lagi ke Laos. Nak hiking macam tak larat dah. Tengok gambar je la. Hehe

  5. Luang Prabang ni selalu jadi destinasi pilihan apabila ingin ke Laos. Banyak tempat menarik. Ruby belum berkesempatan ke Laos lagi. Best juga jalan-jalan dan hiking macam ni. Relax.

  6. I've been to LP so this story really bring back some of my good travel moments there. Will revisit it again to cover this place then. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

  7. suka pemandangan di sini really breatg taking... hope one day ada berkesempatan utk jalan2 di sini

  8. Thanks for sharing this detail information, will take note on that and add into my list.

  9. I blm sampai lg kat Laos ni, jrg dgr org travel kat Laos, cantik2 jgk tempat dia, pembekal ndangan sgt menarik

  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.


Post a Comment

Popular Posts