Welcome to Plain of Jars

Smaller jars have long since been carted off by collectors but around 2500 larger jars, jar fragments and 'lids' remain. As the region was carpet-bombed throughout the Indochina wars, it's miraculous that so many artefacts survived. Only nine of the 90 recorded jar sites have so far been cleared of unexploded ordnance (UXO), and then only within relatively limited areas. These sites, and their access paths, are delineated by easily missed red-and-white marker stones: remain vigilant.

Sites 1, 2 and 3 form the bases of most tour loops.

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$560 Cultural & Theme Tours

7Days Luang Prabang-Plain of jar-Vangvieng-Vientiane

Day1:Arrive Luang PrabangToday, begin to explore this charming town, starting with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, arguably the most stunning in the country, with its brilliant mosaics. Continue to the Palace Museum, which houses an eclectic collection, including statues, mosaic covered walls, French mirrors, and a piece of moon rock given to "the people of Laos" by President Nixon. Late afternoon, head to the top of Mt Phousi, Wat Visoun, Old royal palace, Ban Xangkong then in the evening visit the night Market. Return back to your hotel and free on your own. Day2:Luang Prabang-Koungsii waterfallThis morning you will embark on your excursion by road to Khouangsi Falls and the Khmu hill tribe village beneath the falls. A picnic lunch will be provided at the fall. Later on in the afternoon, return to Luang Prabang and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Day3.Xieng Koung – Plain of Jars (Site #1, #2 & #3)– Muang Khun – Xieng KoungThe Plain of Jars is a extensive area around Phonsavan, surrounded by mountains,where massive stone urns of mysterious origin are scattered about in a least a dozen major groupings Site #1, # 2 & # 3Site # 1; Large bottle-shaped clearings on surrounding hill slopes halve traps at the ' bottle top ' for snaring swallows - the birds are apparently attracted by the opportunity to take dust baths.  Site # 2; about 25 km south of town, is known locally as Hai Hin Phu Salato and features 90 jars spread across two adjacent hillsides. Vehicles can reach the base of hills, so it's only a short if steep walk to the jars.Site # 3; also known as Hai Hin Lat Khai, it's about 10km from farther south from Site 2 on a scenic hilltop near the charming Lao village of Ban Sieng Di in Lat Khai district, south-east of Phonsavan. Continue to visit old capital of Muang Khun Province and nearby hill tribe villages. Day4.Xieng Koung – Vangvieng After breakfast, drive by Air condition Van to Vangvieng, on the we will at the tribe village and beautiful scenery of the mountain range, upon arrival to Vangvieng your guide will take you to the hotel for re-fresh then explore by boat on the Num Song river about 1hours, return to your hotel and dinner on your own.   Day5:Vangvieng – VientianeThis morning you will fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.Day6:Vientiane sightseeing After breakfast enjoy an orientation tour including the Victory monument, Wat That Luang, the Central Market, Wat Sisaket and Wat Prakeo National Museum.  Day7:Depart Vientiane by flight After breakfast then take you to the flight airport for your flight to seam reap. 

$368.80 Day Trips & Excursions

3 Days Classic Xieng Khouang

Day 1Arrival at the town of Xieng Khuoang and transfer to your hotel for check-in.  Transfers from any place in Laos (overland and/or by flight) are not included in the prices; service start from inside the town of Xieng Khuoang.  No lunch is included on this day.Depending on your arrival time, you may have the time to visit the local museum, dedicated to the history of this sleepy town in the heart of Laos. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenery. Accommodation in Xieng Khuoang is basic, the best available but clean and with western facilities.Dinner and overnight included at your hotel in Xieng Khuoang.Day 2Breakfast at the hotel is includedOur guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and we head out to the mysterious sites that make Xieng Khuang. 20 Kilometers outside of the town is the Plain of Jars, one of the great mysteries of Southeast Asia. In this undeveloped area of grassy fields and open plains are huge jars of unknown origin. They are no ordinary jars of the home decoration variety; they weigh anywhere from 600 kg to a ton or more each, though the biggest of them weighs as much as six tons. They are all made of stone. How they got there is anyone's guess. Even the experts are not certain. Some say they were used for fermenting wine, and others believe in times past they were used for storing rice. Legend has another story to tell. Although an uncertain number of jars have been carried off, there are hundreds of others left to be seen. The first visit is the monolithic side number 2, located on two hill tops before we move on to a site that lies right in the rice paddy fields (referred to as site number 3).After this, we drive on to Muang Khoun, the ancient Tai Phouan Capital that was destroyed during the second Indochina War. The ruins of Vat Piavat and That Foun are the only remains of a significant past. Our guide will explain you how the site originally looked as far as the knowledge and preserved documentation allows. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.After lunch, we return to the main town of Phonsavan, passing numerous large Hmong settlements. The region has quite a few Hmong villages which can be visited upon request and when time / weather permit this. We end the day at yet another and the most expansive site of the Plain of Jars – site number 1 - featuring the greatest number of jars and the largest monoliths in size. Return back to your hotel, the rest of the time is at leisureDinner and overnight included at your hotel in Xieng Khuoang.Day 3Breakfast at the hotel is includedCheck out of the hotel before 12:00 hrs and this concludes the end of the service.Customer can chose to either fly back to Vientiane or take the scenic overland road trip down south to the Laotian capital. Both options can be booked yet are not included in the package rates.

$38.80 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Vientiane City Tour

Upon pickup from your hotel in the city center of Vientiane, tour the highlights of the Laotian capital in the morning or afternoon. Your first stop is Vat Sisaket. Built in 1818 and withstanding the 1828 invasion from Siam, the Buddhist temple has survived in its original form, unlike most other temples that have gone through extensive renovations. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves, next to remarkable frescoes. Continue with your guide to nearby Ho Phra Keo, the former royal temple. Admire some of the country's finest Buddhist art and sculpture in a building that housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok in 1778. See an original megalithic stone 'jar' from the Plain of Jars and find various artifacts, antique brass drums, and palm leaf manuscripts on display.Then view Pha That Luang; with its golden stupa in a characteristic banana flower shape, it is considered the most revered shrine in Laos. The national symbol has a central structure that measures 150 feet (45 meters) tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus bud, and the original stupa is said to contain a relic of Lord Buddha. Its domination of the Vientiane skyline is clearly visible from the top of the Patuxai, the city's Victory Gate, which is your final stop.Also known as Anousavali, the gate was constructed in 1958 with architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris while also incorporating typical Laotian motifs like the Kinnaree, a mythical bird-woman. Energetic visitors can climb to the top of the monument for a panoramic view from Vientiane’s highest point. (Note: Entrance fee is not included, but you are welcome to pay at your own expense.)Your guide and driver will bring you back at the hotel after approximately 3.5 hours touring along Vientiane’s most revered landmarks and iconic sights.

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