The Plain of Jars
Arrive Xieng Khuang, Phonsavanh
Dinner at the hotel | Vansana Plain of Jars or similar
Meet your local guide up on your arrival at Xieng Khuang domestic airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, visit Plain of Jars site1, from the southwest to the North-East where huge jars (up to 1000kg each) of unknown origin are scattered at least a dozen groupings. It is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos. Drop by at MAG Visitor Information Centre in Phonsavanh, the center provides in-depth history into the intense bombing campaign, the legacy it left behind as the most densely bombed area per capita on earth, facts on the injuries and deaths UXOs continue to cause, diagrams of how cluster bombs work, and even a few diffused shells, the highlight, a one-hour unbiased documentary detailing the bombing’s background, appeals to an audience ranging from people born before the war, those who grew up during the era, and veterans who fought.
Megalithic Jar sites, Khoune district
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Vansana Plain of Jars or similar
This morning stop by at Nam Ngam (Hmong Market) – for a variety of interesting food and traditional ingredients ranging from green vegetables, rice, noodles, herbs, sweet and much more before proceeding to Plain of Jars site2. Stop by at Ban Napia, an ethnic Phuan village just south of Phonesavanh. This village specialize in making spoons from downed aircraft and exploded bomb shelves. Visit Muang Khoun, after lunch, a 30km drive southeast of Phonsavanh passes a stone wall with brick archways, leftovers of France’s colonial presence. The giant Buddha at Wat Piawat, first built in 1564, still sits erect overlooking Muang Khoun, though only the temple’s pillars and short wall section remain. Once buried in the forest, the 450year old That Foun Stupa stands tall next to a road outside town, and though bombing raids mostly destroyed Wat Si Phom, enough remains to envision its glory when constructed in 1390.
Depart Xieng Khuang, Phonsavanh
Breakfast at the hotel
Breakfast then transfer out to airport for flight back to Vientiane.
- The above program subject to change due to its flights schedule and available.