The Temples of Phu Si Hill in Luang Prabang, Laos

Phu Si Chedi

One of the many wonderful things about Luang Prabang is its proximity to everything. A traveler doesn’t need to look far to find things to do in this beautiful little town. The northern hillside slope of Phu Si is just across the street from the Royal Palace Museum.

The routes meandering throughout Phu Si boast magnificent temples and shrines. The summit of the 100m hill site hosts some of the oldest temples in town, and also provide a bird’s eye view of the town of Luang Prabang, nestled in the bosom of the surrounding mountain range.

That Chomsi stands at the summit. It’s 24m structure is visible from the town at ground-level. Once you have reached the chedi, you can continue down over the other side of the hill along a beautifully bricked pathway that leads you among fragrant frangipani and hibiscus blooms. The entire hillside has quiet, sheltered areas for worshipers.

Most of the hill side has been recently reconstructed and a fee of $1 US is required to climb the hill.


Along the Mekong


Blown Away

Sleeping Buddha and Gecko

Quiet Worshipping

Sacred Naga


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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

19 thoughts on “The Temples of Phu Si Hill in Luang Prabang, Laos


    (January 27, 2008 - 4:24 pm)

    Beautiful photos and story. Thank you for sharing 🙂


    (January 27, 2008 - 9:22 pm)

    Dear Carrie, thank you for your kind words. My best wishes go out to Lisa’s parents and her two older sisters. I hope you are staying warm these days.


    (January 28, 2008 - 9:06 pm)

    Simply beautiful!


    (January 28, 2008 - 10:09 pm)

    Once again, nices pictures ! Thank you Carrie ! Now, I think I really have to plan a trip to Laos !


    (January 29, 2008 - 2:48 am)

    Enjoyed reading this. I’m looking at going to Laos this year. Nice photos.


    (January 28, 2008 - 11:55 pm)

    Caroline, thanks for stopping by. I’m always happy to meet another friend on Blog Catalog.


    (January 28, 2008 - 11:57 pm)


    Laos is one of my favorite countries to date. The people are warm and hospitable and the scenery is breathtaking. I can’t wait to go back.


    (January 29, 2008 - 9:55 am)

    Great post as always. I really love the third picture.


    (January 29, 2008 - 4:48 pm)

    Just a question out of the blue….how did you end up living there?


    (January 29, 2008 - 1:51 pm)

    What a wonderful collections of photographs!
    Thanks for sharing!


    (February 1, 2008 - 12:15 pm)

    Wow Carrie! These photos are absolutely breathtaking! You are so talented and Laos looks so peaceful and stunning. It constantly amazes me to learn about how much you have seen and discovered in this world.


    (February 1, 2008 - 10:25 pm)


    I don’t live in Laos. I live in Taiwan. I moved to Asia five years ago because I wanted to teach English as a Second Language. I lived in China for three years before moving to Taiwan with my fiance. We both love to travel. Living this lifestyle allows us to do so. We went to Laos last May for two weeks. It wasn’t nearly enough time and I’m aching to go back to this beautiful country.


    (February 1, 2008 - 10:26 pm)

    Caroline, Jeff, Wendy and Peter,
    Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures.


    (February 1, 2008 - 10:27 pm)

    Craig and Joanna,

    Thanks very much for your compliments and for letting me know which pictures you like the best. I feel that my photography has grown quite a bit over the last year and I still have so much to learn. Your sites are a continuing source of inspiration and wonder for me.

    The Royal Palace Museum of Luang Prabang, Laos « My Several Worlds

    (February 13, 2008 - 10:57 pm)

    […] Museum of Luang Prabang is set back off the main street of Sisavang Wong, directly across from Phu Si Hill. Its tall, swaying palm trees and elegantly spired rooftop dominate the skyline. It’s simply […]

    Khon Lao

    (November 10, 2008 - 7:53 am)


    I am impress with all of your photos, they are all amazed to me! I am now learning how to take photo, and I wonder what equipment do you use to produce these bautiful pictures.

    Thank you to share good techniques,
    Khon Lao


    (January 2, 2009 - 11:25 am)

    Hi Khon,
    Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been traveling. Believe it or not, these photos were taken with my Canon IXUS point and shoot. Since then, I’ve gotten into the world of SLR and purchased a Canon Digital Rebel, which I’m enjoying very much. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by.

    Paul Many

    (March 20, 2009 - 9:17 pm)

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for taking these wonderful pictures. I used to live next to the king’s palace and accross the street from Phou Si. I left Luang Prabang in 1975, and I have not gone back to my country. These pictures bring me so many wonderful memories when I was a child. You are very, very blessed to be able to see many countries in the world. When I was in Laos, many friends of mine graduated from highschool and went on to study in Taipei. My father was from China. I have heard many wonderful things about Taiwan and its people.
    Teaching is an honorable job in Asia. Your students will always respect and remember you for ever.
    Good luck and take care.


      (March 25, 2009 - 5:27 am)

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re a new reader, aren’t you? You must miss Laos terribly. I’m glad I was able to bring back some fond childhood memories of your time there. It’s such a beautiful place! Thanks very much for your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to write.

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