While traveling there are lots of sunrises and sunsets from viewingpoints which are recommended to go see. On many trips being offered the sunset is included to see at a certain point. So that’s why I saw the sunsets at the Wat’s in Cambodia and at the Sand Dunes near Mui Ne in Vietnam.
When I was in Laos they recommended to go see the beautiful sunset on Mount Phu Si, also written as Phou Si. The hill is located in the middle of this great little town of Luang Prabang
you definitely must visit in Laos. It is easy to find as it is located on the main street. It is a 100 meter high hill and is a local religious site. On the hill are several Buddhist shrines.
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Beautiful Sunset on Mount Phu Si
At the other side of the street is the Royal Palace
and ofcourse a Buddhist Temple. This temple is called Haw Pha Bang The afternoon I spend on visiting the Royal Palace and the Temple.
Buddhist Temple Haw Pha Bang
At the end of the afternoon I bought a ticket to go up the hill. The ticket costs 10.000 Kip, that is the equivalent of 2 euro’s.
Beautiful Sunset on Mount Phu Si
The first stairs is 138 steps and from there you have a nice view at the palace and the temple. Then you have to take 190 steps up to get to the top where the a temple is located. It is called What Chom Si and is also a tourist attraction.
On the other side of the mountain is a second stairs up which should have some great views over the surrounding area!
The Beautiful Sunset on Mount Phu Si
I was there early so I had the place to myself. Not many tourists were that early. So I got myself a nice place to see the sunset. I was overlooking the Nam Khan and Mekong river and saw the mountains behind it. It was a nice view, even without the sunset 🙂
Nam Khan River
Do know that this isn’t a spot where you can enjoy a calm and relaxing sunset without any other tourists surrounding you. It is a busy and touristic place at that time of the day. Maybe early morning is better?
I was a hour early so had to wait for a while. Do take into notice that there isn’t a shop and you need to bring some water and maybe some food to enjoy. While I was waiting people kept coming up. At some point the whole hill was crowded. Everybody was waiting for the sun to sink behind the mountains.
When it happened it gave a beautifull view.
You heard the camera’s click and click. I took some real nice photo’s!!
The Beautiful Sunset on Mount Phu Si in Luang Prabang
I think it was really worth the climb! It is not that high but the temperatures were about 35 degrees so you want to take your time and don’t get all too sweaty by walking up:)
The temple was also nice, not that impressive but it had certainly a nice location. From within the temple and looking out the doorway, you a great view over the Nam Khan River. I couldn’t catch that view right on my camera unfortunately.
Great way to end a lovely day spend in Luang Prabang.
Tip: Go up in time to get a great spot.
As you see it gets quit busy 🙂
Lots of tourists still watching the sunset
At this point I started on my way back down.. My tip: Don’t wait untill everybody is ready to go down.. This way I had the way down more to myself and it felt a bit more relaxing 🙂
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