Mount Phousi or Phousi Hill, a popular mountain located at the center of the town, is a perfect place to visit if you want to see a bigger vista of Luang Prabang and its surrounding mountains.
Going to Phousi Mountain, also known to many as the “sacred hill,” means braving the 300 steps to the top. But it does offer a great reward to persistent tourists: on top of the mountain, one can have a clear view of the town of Luang Prabang, the nearby forests, and the famous Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. On a clear day, the view includes sights in the eastern part of the town like the Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi’s golden stupa. Apart from seeing the stunning sights, the landmark is also popular with tourists because of the great sunsets visible from the top.
Mount Phusi is located at the center of Luang Prabang.
Opening Days and Hours
Mount Phousi is open 24/7.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Halfway up, tourists are charged LAK 20,000 (USD 2.50) entrance fee.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Lao Airlines
- From the town proper, rent a tuk-tuk to bring you to either the Thanon Phousi entrance gate or to Thanon Sisavangvong entrance.
- Solo Travelers/ Backpackers
Time to Spend
Visitors can stay at much as they want on Mount Phousi but since the place can get a bit crowded, visitors are encouraged to stay a maximum of 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Mount Phousi is popular for its sunsets, so be there before 17:00. But if you want to avoid the crowd, it is best to visit the place first thing in the morning.
Drinks and snacks are available at the peak of Mount Phousi.
- Kuang Xi Falls
- Royal Palace Museum
- Golden City Temple
Hotels like the Namkhan Riverside Hotel, Villa Santi Hotel, and Burasari Heritage offer accommodations near Mount Phousi at rates ranging from USD 40 to 250.