Top things to do

Top Choice Information Centre in Phonsavan

Xieng Khouang UXO-Survivors' Information Centre

This UXO (unexploded ordnance) information centre and colourful, upbeat shop sells silk laptop bags, purses and handicrafts made by UXO survivors. Aside from displays including prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and bomb…
Top Choice Cave in Vieng Xai

Vieng Xai Caves

Joining a truly fascinating 18-point tour is the only way to see Vieng Xai's seven most important war-shelter cave complexes, set in beautiful gardens backed by fabulous karst scenery. A local guide unlocks each sit…
Top Choice Italian in Phonsavan

Lao Falang Restaurant

Sister of Lao Falang Travel Service, this spacious, stylish and impeccably clean Italian restaurant is run by a friendly Genoese man who speaks four languages. Highly recommended for alchemising sirloin steak, lamb …
Top Choice Cafe in Sam Neua

Yuni Coffee

A blessing for coffee snobs, if you're missing JoMa-standard lattes your caffeine privations are over. With battleship-grey walls and a choice selection of refrigerated sandwiches, fresh-baked baguettes and brownies…
Indian in Phonsavan

Nisha Restaurant

Cream-interiored Nisha is tidy and simple but the real colour is found in its excellent cuisine. The menu includes all the usual suspects like tikka masala and rogan josh, curries and a wide range of vegetarian opti…
Laotian in Phonsavan

Sanga Restaurant

The venue is a bland box of a front room but the meals are unexpectedly accomplished for such sensible prices. The chicken láhp is especially tasty and the steak and chips is a popular bargain at 30,000K.
Laotian in Phonsavan

Simmaly Restaurant

Serves up a tasty line of rice dishes, noodles and spicy meats, including steaming fĕr (rice noodles). The pork with ginger is lovely.
Market in Phonsavan

Fresh Food Market

This market stocks exotic fruits you won't typically see elsewhere in Laos, such as Chinese pear. Other local delicacies include nok ąen dąwng (swallows stored whole in jars until they ferment), and hét wâi (wild ma…
Archaeological Site in Plain of Jars

Jar Site 1

The biggest and most easily accessible, Site 1 of the Plain of Jars features over 300 jars relatively close-packed on a pair of hilly slopes pocked with bomb craters. The biggest, Hai Jeuam, weighs around 6 tonnes, …
Archaeological Site in Plain of Jars

Jar Site 2

Site 2 of the Plain of Jars is a pair of hillocks divided by a shallow gully that forms the access lane. This rises 700m from the ticket desk in what becomes a muddy slither in wet conditions. To the left in thin wo…