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Sunset in Luang Prabang leaves a lasting impression on travellers, often becoming one of their most memorable experiences.

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It is not just pretty skies, although that is certainly part of the magic. This time of day captures the mood and feeling of the entire place. It’s the golden light on the mountains, the calm that blankets the Mekong, the gathering of friends, the temple bells and drums heralding evening prayers. For locals and tourists alike, it’s a collective pause and sigh. To understand what we mean, head to these places for sunset.

Atop the hill Mount Phou Si is the epicentre of Luang Prabang, gracefully rising in the middle and heralding like a beacon. It’s no wonder that That Chomsi at the peak is a popular spot for sunset. The reward for climbing 328 steps is a stunning view of the river and cheerful rooftops below, the entire town surrounded by mountains. Sunset on Mount Phou Si is considered a must-do in Luang Prabang—that means it is crowded and noisy with tourists vying for that perfect photo.

The view from the top of Phou Si Hill. Photo taken in or around Sunsets , Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The view from the top of Phou Si Hill. Photo: Cindy Fan

There are two main staircases to the summit, one on the main street across from the gates of the Royal Palace Museum and the other at the back on the Nam Khan River road. We prefer the little known, rarely used entrance from the temple behind the main street—take the alley running beside Opera Bar.

Admission is 20,000 kip. The stupa at the top is a religious site, please don’t climb it. While it may be tempting to bring some beers, alcohol as well as smoking, skimpy clothing and public displays of affection are inappropriate. Save the libations for ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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