Laos Plain of Jars

5 DAY(S) Classic Tours

Vientiane - Xiengkhouang - Luang Prabang

Let yourself thrilled by the impressive archeological site of hundreds of large stones in the Plain of Jars. Enjoy boat trip along the Mekong river as well as tranquil moments in the mysterious Pak Ou caves

Highlights

  • Wandering around in Laos' capital, Vientiane and visiting some of its highlights
  • Unearthing the mysterious Plain of Jars and ancient stupas in Xieng Khuoang province as you learn more about Laos’ history
  • Experience the tranquility of Luang Prabang with its heritage sites

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 2
    Visit the historical sites of Vientiane Capital and the Plain of Jars in Xiengkhuang. 
  • Day 3 – Day 5
    Contemplating the charming town of Luang Prabang and its suburb with many famous sites and original villages

Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours.

Welcome to Laos - Vientiane Capital. In the first day of your Laos tour package, you will be transferred to hotel and after a short rest, we see the major sights of the capital including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop en route to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

Enjoy the sunset by the Mekong riverside and overnight in Vientiane.

We take a short flight to Xiengkhouang, a Northeast province of Laos which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we will visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also explore the old capital of Muang Khoun province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribal people who have an interesting local culture and a rich history.

Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

 

Early morning, we visit the central market of Phonsavanh ( XiengKhouang ) to enjoy the activities with different hill tribal people barter and exchange merchandises. We then leave this small town to Luang Prabang, en route we stop off to see the Buddha images in Thampra, a site more than 200 years old, and at various villages of Hmong hill tribes along the way. People are really nice and friendly to welcome you to their villages. We continue driving uphill, enjoying the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forests and landscape. After a tea or coffee break at Sala Phoukhoun, where the borders of three provinces: Vientiane-Xiengkhouang-Luang Prabang meet as a T-Junction, the journey will take us over mountainous regions until we approach Luang Prabang - The Unesco World Heriage. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After check in hotel, if time permits, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong river at sunset. We will spend time at the night market, where you can browse a lovely selection of handmade textiles, made by the local people and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong river, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On our way back to Luang Prabang we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village wellknown for its hand weaving. 

Overnight at Luang Prabang.

After breakfast we visit The national museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating back from the days of the early kings to the last sovereign. Our tour guide will take you to airport for onward flight. End of your Laos holiday. 

 

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  • Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang – Vientiane  ​​​​​​​ TORDES CHARLTON

Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang – Vientiane  ​​​​​​​

Thank you for taking very good care of my family. We had a great stay in Laos!!! with excellent driver. 

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  • Unique Site Peter Fitzgerald

Unique Site

The jars are really quite unique with their mysterious origins. Besides the jars themselves also the surroundings/nature is very nice. Best to do a with an organised day tour (the one from Kong Keo Guesthouse is excellent).

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  • Interesting & Scenic Temple Benjamin Mcbride

Interesting & Scenic Temple

In some aspects parts of Wat Si Saket remind me of Wat Pho in Bangkok, although the rows of Buddha statues here are much more run-down, and quite photogenic ....especially if some young monks happen to visit simultaneously. There are hundreds of miniature statues as well both around the inner wall and in the main temple itself. Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Worth the climb (not that hard) Alison Hall

Worth the climb (not that hard)

I did hesitate but glad I went is a good climb and it’s not that hard. Only a two steep parts and then some easy gradients which is a good break. The views are great of the city and sunset, small temple at top also you can by drinks from the shop. I went up and down from the Royal Palace side, and then into the night markets!

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  • Amazing Sandy and Ken

Amazing

We have visited sites 1,2,and 3. All three are very different from each other, all amazing. All three sites had been part of the "Secret War" and show the scars. Each has a a unique character: site 1 is open with a trail providing a good overlook of the area. Site 2 is wooded with beautiful old trees shading many of the jars. Site 3 is smaller and also shaded. The special thing with this site is getting there. We were there during rice planting and had to walk the dikes through the rice paddies and were able to watch the farmers working in the paddies. In the future we are hoping to visit other sites throughout the region.

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  • Great Asha Goundem

Great

Old and ancient very well maintained and additionally maintained well organized. Seem tremendous amount of tourists visit. Will will last as well as incredible experiences especially for bhudhist.

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  • Jar visit David and Sue Wilson

Jar visit

Wow these are amazing well worth the long trip to Phonsavan. The jars are just so mysterious. The area they are situated is beautiful. Site 1 is large but more tourists. Site 3 is lovely walking through rice fields and no one was there except us. Site 2 is wonderful again no one is there. We even heard UXO’s being exploded in the distance. Worth the trip especially if you do a tour to learn more information.

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  • 200 steps or so Geozce / Lynda Fyrk

200 steps or so

Good view from top. Not for the faint hearted. Usual vendors selling Budda flowers and birds.

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  • Interesting Andrea Pelletier

Interesting

Very rustic, antique, old ancient type of museum. I liked it because because there was very little blingbling.

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  • Very Nice and Peaceful Temple Brooking

Very Nice and Peaceful Temple

Most of Vientiane's sites are within easy walking distance to each other, including this one. There were very few tourists there when I visited and the atmosphere was peaceful. Take your time and walk around the grounds and inside the temple. It is not a huge place but well worth the visit.

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  • Beautiful view of the city, river and countryside Barmo

Beautiful view of the city, river and countryside

Even though it is quite a climb up, I took the stairs slowly and made it up in less than 20 minutes. The view from the top was worth it.

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