Excursion to the Plain of Jars

Unearth the mysteries of these relics that are scattered throughout the area in the Plain of Jars tour. Set off for the Plain of Jars and see these items lying randomly across the countryside while learning about various legends regarding these phenomena. After that, drive through scenic rice fields and see the interesting nearby town and its collection of ancient pagodas.

Best time to visit is during the dry season from November to March.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver on a private basis

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring, entrance fees and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 372 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

GBP 462 per person sharing a twin room, Superior Class Hotels

Airfares are extra..

Excursion to the Plain of Jars at a glance
  • Day 1: Xieng Khuang Arrival
  • Day 2: Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars
  • Day 3: Xieng Khuang Departure
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Day 1: Xieng Khuang Arrival

Arrive into Xieng Khuang. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Xieng Khuang is a town that has been totally rebuilt after it was destroyed during the secret war in Laos. The town is now located 30 km away from where it was originally sited. Xieng Khuang, locally called “Phonsavan” is the gateway to the Plain of Jars. After checking into your hotel enjoy a city tour and visit the MAG Center in the town. MAG is a humanitarian organisation clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide. Overnight in Xieng Khuang.

Distance and journey time: 3 km, 5 mins

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Day 2: Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars

In the morning journey through Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars. The Plain of Jars is a huge archaeological complex littered with mysterious 2000 years old stone jars sized from 70 cm up to 3 or 4 meters. Visit the 3 sites and also discover some local villages where you can observe local village life.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day trip to Muang Khoun, home to a unique sitting giant Buddha as well as some old pagodas that remain in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site. There is also an old 30 m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period. Return to Xieng Khuang for overnight.

Distance and journey times: 

Xieng Khuang to Plain of Jars: 16 km, 30 mins

Plain of Jars to Muang Khoun: 40 km, 45 mins

Day 3: Xieng Khuang Departure

Depart by flight to your onward destination.

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