Phou Si © Matsuoka AkiraKaoru
Phou Si is a hill near the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers, home to several caves, Buddha images and spectacular views of Luang Prabang. Visitors will find the city's oldest temples on the lower slopes, but the area's most prized structure is the golden stupa of That Chomsi. It has become a symbol of Luang Prabang's spiritual significance to Laos. Travellers reach the stupa by climbing 300 steps and passing various temples and shady trees along the way. Some of the most interesting Buddha statues can be found via the back entrance. Climbing up one way and down the other would allow visitors to appreciate all the hill's sights and views, with some travellers visiting the night market, which they'll find in front of the Old Palace at the foot of Phou Si.