Where to watch the sunset in Luang Prabang


luang prabang sunset

One of my favourite things about travelling is being able to watch the sunset from different places around the world every few nights. I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed some incredible ones over the past year.

There were the sunsets in Zadar that Alfred Hitchcock claimed to be the most beautiful in the world, the amazing sunset over Ljubljana where I took possibly my best ever photo, the sunset in Phu Lang Ka that was one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever experienced and some of my favourite sunsets were on Koh Chang.

Luang Prabang was my first stop on my whirlwind tour of Laos and I knew I wanted to catch a few sunsets while I was there — especially after my horrible slow boat experience the day before. Fortunately, there was the perfect place for it: Phu Si Hill in the centre of town. (Side note: Phu Si is pronounced “pussy” and provided my friends and I with endless amusement as we passed tout after tout, each one chanting “pussy” at us!)

The hill is easy to find and located opposite the Royal Palace Museum. It’s only 100 metres to the top but it still took me around thirty minutes of panting, sweating and dry-heaving to get there. You’d think all this climbing and adventuring would have increased my fitness levels but apparently not…

luang prabang sunset

luang prabang sunset

The walk to the top offers views of the mountains surrounding Luang Prabang, the point where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet and there are even several temples you can explore along the way – be sure to head up there a few hours before sunset so you’ll have time to explore everything.

Halfway up the hill you can find the temple Wat Tham Phou Si and at the top of the hill is Wat Chom Si, another temple and the perfect place to watch the sunset. Don’t expect to be alone though – while I was up there I had to jostle for space with around a hundred other people!

These are some of my favourite sunset photos.

luang prabang sunset

luang prabang sunset

>luang prabang sunset

luang prabang sunset

luang prabang sunset

Although extremely crowded, it was definitely worth battling with the crowds to see the sunset. Be sure to head up there an hour before sunset to get a good place and remember to smother yourself with insect repellent as there are a lot of mosquitos up there!

For a more relaxing experience, visit Phu Si hill in the early morning where you’ll quite likely to have the entire spot to yourself.

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20 Comments

  1. A Montrealer Abroad
    July 6, 2012
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    Gorgeous. I love the second shot!

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
      Reply

      Thanks so much! :) That’s one of my favourites!

  2. Jen
    July 6, 2012
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    Wow Lauren these are actually gorgeous!! It must have been incredible! xx

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
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      Thanks lovely :) It would have been more incredible without being surrounded by tons of people, but it was still pretty amazing :D

  3. Waegook Tom
    July 6, 2012
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    Lauren, I love these photos. The second photo and the second to last photo are my favourites. That is all.

    OK, not quite. I wish we had offensive place names in the UK, too. The best I can think of are Bitchfield and Cockermouth.

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
      Reply

      Wait, do they really exist?! Why have I never heard of them? OR BEEN TO THEM?!

  4. Callie
    July 6, 2012
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    Beautiful! The second to last is unreal…

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
      Reply

      Thanks so much, Callie :)

  5. Vi
    July 6, 2012
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    Lauren,
    you definitely should join “Capture the colour” contest.
    http://www.shorttraveltips.com/capture-the-colour/
    I think you have enough pictures to enter it.

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
      Reply

      Thanks, Vi. I’ll check it out :)

  6. Daniel McBane
    July 7, 2012
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    How did you manage to not have French and Chinese silhouettes in all you pictures? When I was up there, the place was packed with enormous tour groups from both of those countries and a whole lot more people from everywhere else.

    • Lauren
      July 7, 2012
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      Haha! It wasn’t too bad when I was there – perhaps because it was just getting into the rainy season? I just used a lot of cropping and dodgy angles to get the people out of the shot!

  7. Kristin
    July 7, 2012
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    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! The second shot is my favorite. :-)

  8. Emily in Chile
    July 7, 2012
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    Those are some pretty fabulous views!

  9. George
    July 8, 2012
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    Gorgeous photos I have to agree the second one is stunning! Can’t wait to get on the road again. You give me extreme wanderlust!

  10. memographer
    July 10, 2012
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    Lauren, the colors are gorgeous!
    My favorites- the 2nd and 3rd from the bottom.
    Thanks for the tip! Hopefully, will go to “Pussy Hill” soon ;)

  11. Ali
    July 13, 2012
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    I love sunsets and these are gorgeous!

  12. My Top Picks- Week #1 « FREEdom Abroad
    July 29, 2012
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    […] Where to Watch the Sunset in Luang Prabang: This is one of Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps posts. I really loved this one for two reasons. 1) I’m going to be in Thailand and was thinking of traveling to Laos so I’m interested in the region and 2) it has some beautiful pictures of the sunset and I’m ABSOLUTELY in love with sunsets! […]

  13. Kaitlin
    November 30, 2015
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    This is exactly what I needed! Excited to see the sunset tonight. Hope you’re still traveling.

    • Lauren
      November 30, 2015
      Reply

      I am! Four and a half years and counting :-) Hope you enjoy the sunset!

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