Mount Phousi Luang Prabang is a 100m high hill located in the centre of town. Mount Phousi is the best spot in Luang Prabang to watch the incredible sunset over Laos. This place does get very crowded so don’t expect much privacy, although it’s still an incredible spot to view the surrounding landscape.
How to get to Mount Phousi Luang Prabang
To get to Luang Prabang, we used 12Go to book an overnight border crossing from Chiang Mai. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around many popular Southeast Asian countries. Overnight buses from Chiang Mai are limited so be sure to book in advance.
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Mount Phousi Luang Prabang is very easy to get to as it’s located right in the centre of town. We walked from our accommodation which took us roughly 5 minutes. To get to the top of Mount Phousi, take the stairs on the main street (Sisavangvong Road) right across from the Royal Palace Museum. There are up to 300 stairs, although if you’re fast it should take no more than 15 minutes. You can’t miss the stairs as it’s a single staircase going straight up into what looks like a jungle.
Where to stay
Most accommodation in Luang Prabang is located close to Mount Phousi. This area has plenty of restaurants and even a nightly market with food stalls. A central guesthouse with nice rooms is Thatsaphone Hotel while one of the more luxury hotels in the area is AVANI.
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Mount Phousi Luang Prabang Entrance fee
The entrance fee costs 20,000 Kip ($3.20 AUD). As you enter you’ll notice local women trying to sell you small birds in cages for 10,000 Kip ($1.60 AUD). The women said you can release them at the top for good luck. However, we were unsure about the situation and didn’t want to participate.
What to expect
Mount Phousi is an ideal spot to spend the afternoon watching the sun set behind the mountains of Luang Prabang. Located right in the centre of town, it’s an easy way to enjoy a gorgeous sunset. Mount Phousi is located on top of roughly 300 steps. The walk should any take 10 minutes and is super easy for the majority of fitness levels.
Once you reach the top, you’ll be amazed by the surrounding landscape. You’ll have views of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang town, as well as the mountain ranges in the distance. Watching sunsets from here are incredible as the sky lights up in colour.
The only downside to this viewpoint is that it is incredibly busy. Luang Prabang is a small town so every night dozens of tourists flock to the viewpoint to catch a glimpse of the sunset. There is a popular rock that people also stand on to take photos. There is always a line for this spot due to its popularity. If you’re looking for a quiet and peaceful place to relax it’s best to visit during the day.