The 100m high hill of Mount Phou Si offers a panoramic glimpse of geographical uniquness that makes Luang Prabang even more atmospheric- the confluence of the rivers of Mekong and Nam Khan, the over-grown trees higher than the temple roofs and the distant mountain view.
Located in the center of town, Mount Phousi isn’t really a mountain but a very big hill. Getting to the top is not a hike but just a climb up a very long set of stairs (over 300). At the top is an old wat and 360 views of the surrounding area. Make sure to walk around all sides of the temple to get a glimpse of the Nam Khan River as well as the Mekong that snakes by. Another entrance leads down the backside of the mountain with Buddha statues along the way.
Cost: 20,000 kip (~$2.50)
Insider Tip: One of the best times to climb the mountain is right before sunset. This gives you the opportunity to see the city and surrounding mountains with the last bit of sunlight and then watch as the sky changes into all sorts of colors. It can get crowded though!More