Places for Trekking in Luang Prabang

Trekking in Luang Prabang will keep even the most seasoned adventurer happy on the trails because of its highest mountain peaks and lush jungles. It will not only give you a great chance to immerse yourself in breathtaking nature but also improve your knowledge about cultural richness of ethnic minorities. If you are wondering which are the best places for trekking in Luang Prabang, let's take a look at this post of ours to get more ideas for your trip. 

Phousi Mountain 

Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, Phousi Mountain on a peninsula surrounded by the rivers of Mekong and Nam Khan, Phousi mountain is a prominent point on the Luang Prabang skyline. It is an ideal place to enjoy the poetic sunrise and sunset in the city of Golden Buddha.  

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The spectacular view from the top of Phousi Mountain

To enjoy the spectacular views and scenery of the mountain in many different perspectives, you can make your way up on one side and go down on the other side.

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On the way to reach the top of Mount Phousi, there is a Wat Wat Chomsi Shrine that consists of a Buddha statue with his big-bellied in a grotto. In addition, you can also see a Buddha statue in a reclining position surrounded by other golden colored Buddha statues displaying different posture including meditation, almsgiving, calling for rain mudra. Next to Wat Chomsi, you can buy flowers as well as caged birds for blessings. Laotian believe that if you set a bird free you will get luck and happiness in the future.

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Wat Tham Phousi Shrine

On the top of Phousi Mountain, there is a 20 meter golden That Chomsi stupa which was built in 1804 by Laos King Anourat. A terrace of the stupa's foot offers a 360° panoramic view of the city and its surrounding countryside. You can choose for yourself a nice spot to watch the sun looming in an orange cloud- an amazing scene of nature. Do not forget to take some nice photos of this mesmerizing moment. Sitting on the stones, visitors will have truly relaxing time in a beautiful scenery and watch the tranquility over the World Heritage city.

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Kuang Si waterfall

Kuang Si waterfall is famous not only for its countless cascading pools of turquoise water but also for the lush and varied jungle. Trekking through forest to Kuang Si waterfall will offer you a great chance to explore the beauty of nature and lifestyle of ethnic villages. 

The starting point of your interesting trek is Long Lao village. This village is inhabited by Khamu and Hmong people. You can observe their daily activities and find out more about their cultural richness. After exploring the village, you can continue the trekking journey by getting into the mountainous countryside of Luang Prabang. On the way, you will see deep green valleys, teak plantations, banana and pineapple plantations, high slopes and a great variety of vegetation which absorb nutrients from the fertile red earth of this area.

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After trekking through rubber trees and mangrove forest, your effort and sweat will be rewarded with the majestic of Kuang Si waterfall - the countless cascading pools of turquoise water trickling down from the 60-meter main fall. It is a great time for you to enjoy the cool water under the shadow of the surrounding lush tropical jungle. If you want to have an amazing spot to have the great view of the surrounding valley and of the lower area, there is a trail to the left of the main fall for you to climb up. 

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Ban Mok Chung village

About 40 km north of Luang Prabang, Ban Mok Chung village is a home of Hmong people. Trekking through the ethnic village is perhaps the best way to get an authentic insight into the lifestyle and culture of the locals that still have been maintained for centuries.

The trekking route will offer rice paddies, lush forest and beautiful waterfalls. If you want to interact with locals or enjoy some specialties, you can visit Ban Huay Lo - a small village of Khmu people or Pha Phuang - a small village of Hmong people. On the top of the mountain, there are a lot of villages which is inhabited by Hmong people. You can stop at a local family at Ban Mok Chong village for an overnight homestay and explore the character of their culture. 

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In addition, continue to the west mountain of Nam Ou Valley, you will see many ethnic villages such as Ban HouayKok Village, Ban Pak Chaek Village, Ban HuayLeuang Village and Ban XangHai Village. Taking a Luang Prabang trekking homestay tour to make sure that you will not miss any interesting villages in Luang Prabang. 

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