Getting there & away
The easiest way to see the jars is on a tour from Phonsavan. Options include hiring a jeep and driver, which costs US$14 per person for four passengers, or taking a minivan tour, which costs US$10 to US$12 for eight passengers. These tours generally include the three main sites, the wreck of a Russian tank which was bombed during the war, and a pit stop for lào-láo at a village. Optional extras for a higher price include Viet Cong bunkers and Muang Khoun.
You can also visit the sites independently by bicycle or motorcycle. Alternatively, charter a jumbo from Phonsavan to Site 1, 15km from the Phonsavan market, for US$5 return including waiting time, for up to six people. For Sites 2 and 3 your best bet is to arrange a 4WD and driver through one of the guesthouses or hotels. There is a bus from Phonsavan to Site 3 (Hai Hin Lat Khai; US$1, 30 minutes, one daily).