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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.

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




Welcome to Laos! We will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Vientiane. Rest of day at leisure.

Meals: None.



8:30: 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.

Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Xieng Khuang, the gateway to the plain of jars. Transfer to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.



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. And 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.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.



Morning visit to scenic Muang Khoun, surrounded by mountains, the ancient capital that was founded by Chao Noi Muang and was a stronghold for the Xieng Khouang royal family was destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area. We also visit the ruins at Wat Phia Wat, That Foun and That Chomphet.

Transfer to Phonsavanh airport for flight to Vientiane followed by transfer to your Pandaw vessel.

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.


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.


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

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$895
Single (1 Pax) US$1,339

Extension Code: LTBJ3-VTE-JAR-PRE-O


Lao Airlines does not operate flights on Saturday to/from the gate way of the Plain of Jars. This affects pre tours of following cruises:

  • Saturday, 15 September 2018
  • Saturday, 29 September 2018
  • Monday, 29 October 2018
  • Monday, 12 November 2018
  • Monday, 3 December 2018
  • Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • Monday, 1 April 2019
  • Saturday, 24 August 2019
  • Saturday, 7 September 2019
  • Monday, 7 October 2019
  • Monday, 21 October 2019
  • Monday, 23 December 2019
  • Saturday, 1 February 2020
  • Monday, 9 March 2020
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

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