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Asia > Laos > Luang Prabang > Mount Phousi > Useful Info
Updated on Jul 18, 2019 Useful Info

How to climb Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang

  • Mount Phousi is hardly a "mountain", it's a little 150-meter tall hill in the middle of Luang Prabang
  • It's one of my favorite spots to go in LP because you get the best view of the city. At sunrise, there's very few people there (there are usually a handful of tourists but not a lot). The mountain opens at 5:30am so it's a great place to see sunrise in LP. At sunset, however, it's usually quite crowded at the top
  • The main entrance to Mount Phousi is located smack in the middle of the old city, on the south side of the main road(Sisavangvong Road). The exact coordinates is [19.891309, 102.136320] (Google Maps link). It's right across the street from the Royal Palace, so it's very easy to find you can't miss it. You'll see staircase with white walls at this spot which you just have to climb up from. It looks like this:User submitted photo of Mount Phousi
  • The climb is not too challenging; the entire way up is on paved staircase. It takes 328 steps and 20-30 minutes to climb to the top of Mount Phousi, depending on your fitness level
  • There's a secondary entrance to Mount Phousi that most tourists don't use. It's located on a side road 3 blocks east of the main entrance. The coordinates is 19.892928, 102.139116, and here's the Google Maps link
  • This side entrance has 355 steps to climb up and a lot more interesting sights along the way (like temples) so it will take 10-15 minutes longer to use this entrance
  • If you're going up for sunrise, I suggest you use the main entrance to get up and the side entrance to get down
  • Conversely, if you're going for sunset, I suggest you use the side entrance to get up and the main entrance to get down
  • Part way during your climb, you will pay 20,000 LAK in entrance fee ($2.5USD)
  • When you get to the top, there's nice terrace where you can get a 360-degree view of Luang PrabangUser submitted photo of Mount Phousi