Phousi Mountain or Mount Phousi as some say is a hill located in the centre of town in the heritage area, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.
The “sacred hill” is about 100 meters high. Many tourists climb the hill about 5.30pm to view the sunset so it gets rather crowded up there. On a hot day, it can be quite an effort but the 360 degree view of Luang Prabang is worth it.
There are many ways up the hill with two main routes. One is the main stairway behind the Royal Palace Museum on Sisavangvong road. The other is on the other side of the hill on the Nam Khan river. Either way will cost you 20,000 kip entrance fee halfway up the hill.
On the way, there is a small cave temple with some Buddha images outside and inside the cave. It’s a good place for a rest before continuing to the top.
There is a small temple and stupa at the top and on the climb up there are a number of shrines and sights. I love the view across to the Nam Khan and old bridge you can see spanning he Khan river. Perhaps because I have crosses the bike and motorbike bridge many times on the way to school. It is a beautiful view.