Welcome to Plain of Jars
Mysterious giant stone jars of unknown ancient origin are scattered over hundreds of hilly square kilometres around Phonsavan, giving the area the misleading name of Plain of Jars (ທົ່ງໄຫຫິນ). Remarkably, nobody knows which civilisation created them, although archaeologists estimate they date from the Southeast Asian iron age (500 BC to AD 200).Smaller jars have long since been carted off by collectors but around... Read More
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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.)Returning back to your hotel, you'll drive past more Vientiane landmarks and iconic sights.