Laos: “The land of a million elephants"

LUANG PRABANG – PHOU SI: for a spectacular sunset!

The next visit that I did in Luang Prabang was Hill Phou Si, which is located at the heart of the city so very easy to visit.

This hill is 150 metres above the city centre and it is popular for its sunset and sunrise views. However, the most popular time to visit in the late afternoon, which is the time where I visited as I was eager to see the sunset.

It took me approximately 2.5 hours the whole visit, but I did various stops along the way to enjoy the views.

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I climb up Mount Phousi on one side, via the intersection of Kingkitsarath Road and Susavanvong Road, near the Icon Bar. I passed through Wat Siphoutthabath Temple.

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I then continued ahead by stairs until I arrive at the first viewpoint, where it is said to be located the “Imprint of Buddha’s foot”. The views were already gorgeous from this point.

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I then continued and passed by the Wat Tham Phousi shrine and many golden Buddhas, including the Happy Buddha, a big-bellied Buddha and a Buddha for every day of the week.  It was at this point where I had to pay the entrance fee to be able to keep climbing up the cost was 20000 Kip (£1.90, COP7000).

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Once I reached the summit, I could enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the entire city and beyond, of course along with hundreds of other sightseers! I certainly loved appreciating the imposing sunset sinking down above Luang Prabang, across the Mekong River.

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Observing the sky change colours was remarkably stunning.   I felt that I could not get enough of this beautiful moment, unbelievable energy!

I then used The Thanon Phousi staircase which consists of zig-zag 329 steps to make my way down again and arrived down right opposite the Royal Palace Museum where the night market was already taking place.

I recommend going up one side and down the other to have the opportunity to appreciate views from both sides.

“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully, Kristen Buttler”

 

Jenny 😊

 

 

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