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THE PLAIN OF JARS - PRE CRUISE UPSTREAM CHINA

The Plain of Jars offers fascinating insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Very little is known about the civilization that created The Plain of Jars, but you can only imagine the greatness of the ruler who constructed these unusual and enormous storage jars. We combine our visit with an extra night in Vientiane.

This is a Pandaw group tour depending on how many guests booked this extension.

DAY 1

VIENTIANE

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day at leisure exploring the wonderful city of Vientiane. Vientiane’s major attractions are the serene Buddhist monasteries that dominate the center of town. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture.

No meals included.

DAY 2

VIENTIANE

Pick up at hotel and drive to Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. The temple features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Ho Phra Keo has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Keo. One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the That Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. Continue to visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao), known for its superior silk weaving, metal work, and woodcarving.

In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Vientiane to Xieng Khoang. Our driver will pick you up after arrival and drop you off at the hotel.

Changes to itinerary might happen according to flight departure time.

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

DAY 3

THE PLAIN OF JARS

Meet your guide in the morning and drive to the mysterious Plain of Jars. A full day to explore the famous Plain Of Jars, a vast area extending around Phonsavanh where over 300 huge stone jars carved out of solid rock from 1 to 3.25 meters high and weighing up to six tons each. Estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old. According to local legend, King Khun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the celebration of his conquest of the province in the 6th century. We visit Site I, II and III. Continue to Ban Na Pia (War Spoon Village) before returning to Phonsavanh. After lunch visit Temples in Phonesavanh & Muang Khoune.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant.

DAY 4

PHONSAVANH - LUANG PRABANG

06.00am Overland transfer to your ship in Luang Prabang. Transfer duration: approx. 5.5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel

Conveniently located just 30 minutes from the Plain of Jars and 15 minutes from the Airport, the Vansana Plain of Jar Hotel is a simple hotel and the best option in Phonsavan City – Capital of Xiengkhouang Province. The hotel with 44 guestrooms (38 standards rooms and 6 executive suites) is located on a hilltop near the center of the city with 360 degree beautiful views on Phonsavan and the chain of mountains surrounding the Plain of Jars.

Facilities include

Rooms come with fan (no AC), bathroom, tea and Coffee making facilities, minibar and safe deposit box, snack bar and restaurant, cable TV, meeting room for 40 persons, shuttle service from the hotel to the airport and the center of the city and laundry service.

Phonsavanh, Xieng Khouang, Laos

Tel: +856 61 213170

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Ansara Hotel

A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, with just 24 rooms and 4 suites, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Elegant yet relaxed, it exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing our guests’ needs for comfort and practicality.

Location

Serene and restful yet located right in the center of the capital, Ansara Hotel is just a short stroll away from the legendary Mekong River and most major tourist attractions and businesses.

Features

3 food & beverage outlets offering outstanding dining and drinks specialties.

Quai Fa Ngum, Ban Vat Chan Tha, Hom 5, Muang Chanthabury, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Tel: +856 21 217 581

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Rates include

English speaking guide, 1-night at the Ansara Hotel and 2-nights at the Vasana Plain of Jars Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, 1x lunch at local restaurant, one way domestic flights from Vientiane to Xien Khoang, taxes, all transfers and excursions and described and entrance fees.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$879.00
Single (1 Pax) US$1559.00