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Plain of Jars Tour, 3 days

CODE: LAO-03-3 DURATION: 3 Days/2 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: SHORT TRIPS  
TRIP ROUTE: Luang Prabang - Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang

This 3-days guided tour takes you to the untouched land of Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang), hidden in Northeastern part of Laos. It houses the vast plains and rolling hills where hundreds or thousands of stone jars in different sizes scattered throughout the fields, so comes its name “the Plain of Jars”. Less visited by tourists, Phonsavanh is a great place to see real Laos in its old style. Visit the Plain of Jars, the rural market of Xieng Khuang, the ethnic villages of Hmong and Thai Dam, the cave of Piu and even the Ho Chi Minh Trail is a great travel experience!

Tour to Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars can served as an extended tour from Vientiane by flight or from Luang Prabang by land. Our three days tour features the latter.

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Plain of Jars

Luang Prabang Town
Plains of Jars, Xieng Khouang

Tour Itinerary


DAY 1:  LUANG PRABANG - PHONSAVANH

You will be picked up at your hotel in Luang Prabang and drive eastward to Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang), passing through rice paddy fields, rugged mountains, and scenic rivers. Arrive at Muang Khoun, once the capital of Xieng Khuang Province and an ancient capital of Phuan Kingdom. Witness the remnants of war when the city was heavily bombarded and destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt in 1975 and its local society thrive to stand on its own feet. See rows of wooden Lao houses, local market, temple ruins and stupa before taking an onward journey to Phonsavanh where you will overnight in a comfortable hotel.

DAY 2:  PHONSAVANH (B)

After breakfast, make a morning visit to the local market. Drive to visit the war relic Piu Cave, once a refuge shelter that became a misery when hundreds of hiding peasants were massacred by one rocket fire during the war in 1969. Not too far from the cave are ethnic villages of Hmong and Tai Dam where you will visit and see the village life at its own pace. Head on to Ho Chi Minh Trail in Ban Khay, before the visit to the Plain of Jars, a spectacular large fields with rolling hills where stone jars of different sizes in hundreds and thousands are scattered for centuries. Its origin may still be a mystery, but recent archaeological findings showed that the jars were somehow associated with funeral and cremation of the death. The peculiar practice that could be found in the region, dating back to Iron or Bronze Age about 2500-5000 years ago.

DAY 3:  PHONSAVANH - LUANG PRABANG (B)

Take your breakfast and prepare yourself for the land journey back to Luang Prabang. Enjoy beautiful scenery of high green mountains, lush valleys and karst formation. Along the way, stop at a small historic town of Muang Sui where you will visit Wat Ban Phong, once believed to have housed a graceful bronze Xieng-Khuang style Buddha statue called Pha Ong; then take a short break at Nong Tang Lake, a picturesque natural lake with huge limestone cliffs on one side, and visit Tham Pha Cave, a recently discovered cave with large network where hundreds of Buddha images dating from 777 AD. can be found. Continue the journey and arrive at Luang Prabang.


Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 455 358 40
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 449 351 33
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 455 358 40
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 474 376 73
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 468 370 67
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 474 376 73

Note:

  • Rates are quoted in U.S. DOLLARS
  • Except 24 Dec, 31 Dec  and 12 – 17 Apr ; Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges by hotels during the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Include:

  • Hotel accommodation (twin-sharing) in Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang)
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Tours and excursions as described
  • English speaking guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Pick up and send back to hotel in Luang Prabang

Exclude:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Personal Expense
  • International Airfare to/from Laos
  • Laos visa fee (Visitors can obtain visa upon arrival at US$ 30-45 with 2 photos)
 
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Fast Fact at Laos

  • The People's Democratic Republic of Lao is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the north, Myanmar to the north-west, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
  • Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - the rainy season from the beginning of May to the end of September and dry season from October through to April.
  • Lao language is the national language. Other languages used are French, English, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • The Kip is the official currency of Laos.
  • The majority of Lao people are Buddhists.
  • When entering a Wat (Temple) or a private home it is customary to remove one's shoes.
  • In traditional homes one sits on low seats or cushions on the floor. Upon entering guests may be served fruit or tea. These gestures of hospitality should not be refused.
  • The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and the soles of the feet the least, one should not touch a person's head nor use one's foot to point at a person or any object.
  • Men and women rarely show affection in public.
  • Women are forbidden to touch a Buddhist monk.

 

 
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