Mount Phousi is a towering hill (Phu)
in the city center of Luang Prabang. The summit can be
by a set of staircases either from the Southeast or from the
The path in the picture above is the
one on the northwestern face and is somewhat wider and
more frequently used than that on the southeastern
flank, of which the latter is also less well-maintained.
The northwestern path offers some
magnificent aerial views of the Royal Palace Museum (fig.)
opposite the road and of the
Mae Khong River (fig.).
The city below can be seen on either
side, with the best outlook from a viewpoint at Wat Chom
Si or Wat Phou Si (Phu Si), a Buddhist temple at the
This photo is a view from the top of
the mountain towards the southeastern part of the city,
off the corn-shaped peninsula that is formed by the Mae
Khong on the one and the Khan River on the other side.
From the top or when using the southeastern stairway to either ascend or
descend, one will get a good view of the Khan River below and the gilded roof of
Wat Phol Phao in the far distance.