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Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang

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Rising 150 m (492 ft) in the center of Luang Prabang's old town, Mount Phousi offers a fantastic view of the city's architectural, religious, and cultural landmarks. During your gentle ascent to the summit, stop by the surrounding temples and shrines where you can pray, enjoy the view, and rest. Halfway up the hill, notice the big-bellied Buddha statue tucked in a grotto. Bring an extra water bottle, a hat, good walking shoes, and some insect repellent. Make Mount Phousi part of your personalized Luang Prabang itinerary using our Luang Prabang vacation planner.
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  • It’s quite a climb, but it’s worth it. View over Luangprabang is magnificient. You het a good overview on the area. On th way, there are a lot of statues to admire.  more »
  • At the heart of Luang Prabang's Old Quarter peninsula, right between the rivers Mekong and Nam Kham, you will find "Phou Si Mountain", also mentioned as "Mount Phousi". Before going, check the...  more »
  • Mount Phu Si is the highest point in Luang Prabang and therefore provides a wonderful 360 degree view of the town and surrounding area. The name, pronounced "Poo See", means 'Sacred Hill', so you...  more »
  • View is really great, if you are in Luang Prabang you should come here. A lot of people come before sunset so they can find the right spot, so it could be little crowded. But anyway, its a good place to relax, just sit on the west side to enjoy a view of the town.
  • Good view for sunset in Luang Prabang. Entrance fee will be charged by caretakers. *** Press Like 👍 if helpful, Thank you ***
  • You will see natural view and city of Luang Prabang. Especially, you can enjoy with exercise when you go up and go down from the mountain.
  • I was there in 2019. It was easy to climb, and had a wonderful view of the Mekong river and central Luang Prabang. Not to be missed. It was sad, however, to see people selling birds in very small wood cages - so that you can "acquire merit", in the Buddist way, by setting them free on the top of Mt. Phousi. I was myself caught in a moral dilema: whether to buy one or not, as if nobody did it they would surely give up this kind of commerce, but those birds already there for sale would not be freed - and almost certainly be dead. Conclusion of the story: when I looked closely at one of them, I couldn't help but to buy and free it.
  • Such a nice view from Phousi Hill. You can see both Namkhan River and Mekong river on the top. It is open early on the morning, so you can catch the sunrise there. The price for the ticket is 20.000 Kip (Jan, 2020).

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