The Plain of Jars Laos
The Plain of Jars Laos tour starts in a guest house in a central and popular location Luang Prabang or by the river in Vang Vieng for two nights.
Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of Laos and a UNESCO heritage site. Here there are numerous places of interest including a mountain in the center of town.
Try the local cuisine in one of the many traditional restaurants. these eateries line the small streets. You can also indulge in some French delicacies still popular since the colonial era.
Don’t forget to try Beer Lao, the best brew in South East Asia.
In Vang Vieng you can enjoy the scenery of the surrounding lime-stone karst mountains and meandering rivers that meet there. There are many small excursions available. Ask at your guest house/hostel reception for details. Check daily itinerary for more suggestions.
After you have stayed for two nights in Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng you will be picked up the next morning and transferred 8 hours approx by road, to Phongsavan. Here you will be booked for a further 3 nights. Contact the reception at your guest house to arrange tours that suit you to visit the sites of the jars.
The Plain of Jars is a mystery in itself and is situated roughly 8 hours by bus from Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang, travelling east.
Consisting of thousands of stone jars varying in size, scattered around the foothills and valleys of the central plain of Xiangkhoang Plateau, the Plain of Jars is a megalithic, archaeological landscape.
Nobody knows how or exactly when these objects arrived in Laos, though archaeologists estimate that the jars date from The South East Asian iron age, between 500 BC and 200 AD.
Myths and legends have grown throughout the ages that these objects were made to brew vast quantities of rice to celebrate the local people of the times liberation over the cruel overlords by the Tai-Lao hero Kun Guam.
The jars are mostly arranged in clusters around the foothills of this region. Between 1964 and 1973 the region containing the Plain of Jars was bombed extensively by the US air force in what was known as the “Secret War.” The American army was attempting to eradicate Pathet lao forces who were in conjunction with the North Vietnamese army. This bombardment infamously resulted with more bombs dropped than in World War Two.