Mount Phousi
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  • Patrick G
    Marina del Rey, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting anytime of day, not just sunset
    Quite the hike but worth it. Several curious Buddhist statures along the way. Some crowds around sunset yet was still able to get some panoramic views at the top. Don't necessarily have to go at sunset to get some impressive pictures. Better to visit here than the Royal "Palace" if time is short.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Meyung R
    Hua Hin, Thailand205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A once in a lifetime chance!
    As a lifelong cloud chaser, I am delighted to report that yes, I saw a dragon spouting over the first sun rays at Mount Phousi a few days ago as sown in my photo. I climbed and felt all of the 328 steps in my bones, but the reward was priceless!! It so happened on the very birthday of my late father. He definitely looked down on me at that fleeting moment! Glory to the God of All Things!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 December 2023
  • asiac r
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Beauty
    The highlight of Mount Phousi is undoubtedly its panoramic views of Luang Prabang and the surrounding landscapes. The ascent to the summit involves a series of stairs, and once you reach the top, you are treated to breathtaking vistas of the Mekong River, the town, and the lush greenery. The view is particularly stunning during sunrise or sunset, providing a magical atmosphere that makes the climb worthwhile.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Jeremy P
    187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth going to; great views, but lots of people in a very tight space.
    It’s definitely worth doing, once! There are 2 main routes to/from. You can enter / exit on the main avenue in town, across from the museum, or you can enter / exit by the Namkhan River. The River choice is far-less crowded, so I went up that way, and exited to the downtown side. The views from the top are terrific, but it gets super-crowded, and very noisy, even by 10 AM. There’s not a lot of space at the summit platform, so if you are claustrophobic, know that in advance. If I went again, I would probably go about 8 AM, to avoid the crowds.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Lori M
    California1,884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    don't miss it at sunset!!!
    so fun! went at sunset and got great pics and views. loved the stairs up - not so great going down as there is no railing or light. use your phone's flashlight. lots of gorgeous sculptures along the way. pretty crowded up there but it was still really great!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Viet Exquisite Travel
    Hanoi, Vietnam157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice panoramic view of Luang Prabang beyond the crowded!
    The steps are easy to climb, we just spent about twenty minutes hiking, with only a few breaks along the way. However, because there are no elevators, it might not be possible for people with disabilities or older people or children to climb up the hill. Behind the steps, there is a small temple at the top of the hill; it was somewhat crowded up there, but it was still very pleasant. The top of the hill provides a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Luang Prabang on all sides.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view from the top
    We wanted to avoid the crowds and went after lunchtime. Small fee to enter and we climbed up all the stairs from the palace side. Beautiful views from the top. Make sure to go down the other side as there is a lot to see on the way back down. We wore jandels, but running shoes would be much easier and take water as it was really hot.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view of LP from here
    Steps going up this hill/mountain are near the Night Market of Luang Prabang. Due to very hot weather, it is recommended that it be visited in the early morning and late in the afternoon. There is a beautiful Stupa here and a small temple on the right side of the steps. Bring water and take your time to climb it Enjoy the views!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 April 2024
  • dianedinky
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom1,353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely experience with much to see as you go up
    Not only fantastic views from the top (as you would expect), but surprisingly, much to see as I made my way to the top. Such as the Hermit Monk's House, Golden Buddha statues, a small temple, many protector/defender statues, dragon staircases - as well as a cat that followed me and was running up the narrow wall ledge! I didn't find the Stupa at the top that interesting. I had seen many more beautiful buildings and temples in my time in town. However, well worth it for the overall walk. I did early morning and was not hot and not a difficult walk.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Not only fantastic views from the top (as you would expect), but surprisingly, much to see as I made my way to the top. Such as the Hermit Monk's House, Golden Buddha statues, a small temple, many protector/defender statues, dragon staircases - as well as a cat that followed me and was running up the narrow wall ledge!
I didn't find the Stupa at the top that interesting. I had seen many more beautiful buildings and temples in my time in town. However, well worth it for the overall walk.
I did early morning and was not hot and not a difficult walk.
Written 3 May 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Steps going up this hill/mountain are near the Night Market of Luang Prabang. Due to very hot weather, it is recommended that it be visited in the early morning and late in the afternoon.

There is a beautiful Stupa here and a small temple on the right side of the steps. Bring water and take your time to climb it Enjoy the views!
Written 19 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We wanted to avoid the crowds and went after lunchtime. Small fee to enter and we climbed up all the stairs from the palace side. Beautiful views from the top. Make sure to go down the other side as there is a lot to see on the way back down. We wore jandels, but running shoes would be much easier and take water as it was really hot.
Written 15 April 2024
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Viet Exquisite Travel
Hanoi, Vietnam157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
The steps are easy to climb, we just spent about twenty minutes hiking, with only a few breaks along the way. However, because there are no elevators, it might not be possible for people with disabilities or older people or children to climb up the hill. Behind the steps, there is a small temple at the top of the hill; it was somewhat crowded up there, but it was still very pleasant. The top of the hill provides a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Luang Prabang on all sides.
Written 14 April 2024
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Harrison F. Carter
Auckland, New Zealand12,830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
It is worth visiting twice... once to experience the chaotic scenes at the summit at sunset... And it is special and worth enduring the crowd for... And then come again at any other time of day to experience it in peace.
Written 25 March 2024
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Lori M
California1,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
so fun! went at sunset and got great pics and views. loved the stairs up - not so great going down as there is no railing or light. use your phone's flashlight. lots of gorgeous sculptures along the way. pretty crowded up there but it was still really great!
Written 10 February 2024
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Jeremy P
Dallas, Texas187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It’s definitely worth doing, once! There are 2 main routes to/from. You can enter / exit on the main avenue in town, across from the museum, or you can enter / exit by the Namkhan River.
The River choice is far-less crowded, so I went up that way, and exited to the
downtown side.
The views from the top are terrific, but
it gets super-crowded, and very noisy,
even by 10 AM. There’s not a lot of space at the summit platform, so if you are claustrophobic, know that in advance. If I went again, I would probably go about 8 AM, to avoid the crowds.
Written 24 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

asiac r
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The highlight of Mount Phousi is undoubtedly its panoramic views of Luang Prabang and the surrounding landscapes. The ascent to the summit involves a series of stairs, and once you reach the top, you are treated to breathtaking vistas of the Mekong River, the town, and the lush greenery. The view is particularly stunning during sunrise or sunset, providing a magical atmosphere that makes the climb worthwhile.
Written 21 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GillH1406
Billericay, UK282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Excellent views from the top. Be prepared to get stuck behind less abled people walking up and down!! Take plenty of water with you
Written 19 December 2023
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Meyung R
Hua Hin, Thailand205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
As a lifelong cloud chaser, I am delighted to report that yes, I saw a dragon spouting over the first sun rays at Mount Phousi a few days ago as sown in my photo. I climbed and felt all of the 328 steps in my bones, but the reward was priceless!! It so happened on the very birthday of my late father. He definitely looked down on me at that fleeting moment! Glory to the God of All Things!
Written 12 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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