Located in the heart of the old town peninsular Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi, also known as the ‘sacred hill’ in Lao, stands at 100 meters above the sea level that makes it the highest point in the town as well as a must-see for any visitors in Laos. Surrounded by the Mekong River and Nam Khan River, the hill is a holy religious site of local people and a popular sunset & sunrise vantage point for international tourists. There are two staircases to reach the top of Mount Phousi, each with more than 300 steps, several viewpoints and Buddhist shrines. The advice here is you should take one up and the other one down to visit all scenic and cultural sites. At the top of the hill, you will see Wat Chom Si, a golden Buddhist stupa dating back to 1804, where is also the best place to enjoy the breathtaking 360° panorama of Luang Prabang town and forested mountains. Mount Phousi is quite busy in the late afternoon when visitors come to admire the sunset, so you can visit the hill before dawn for a more peaceful experience.