Plain of Jars, Phonsavan

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See the mysterious megaliths of Plain of Jars, scattered with thousands of massive stone containers. Of unknown ancient origin, the jars range from 1 to 3 meters in height (3 to 10 feet). Over 90 clusters of these puzzling objects exist across this part of the country. Since the area was carpet-bombed by the American forces, only a few of the archaeological sites have been cleared from unexploded bombs and can be safely visited. Put Plain of Jars on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Phonsavan tour planner .
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  • The guide will take you in your tons of museums, but all the info is already d1ns all tour guides and on the net, so it's a lot longer journeys to make you pay for records and buy # memories but without taking the time to stop where t u want everything is signposted.
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  • Spread over 3 sites. Site 1 has an information centre which is well worth a visit. Sites 2 and 3 require transport to get from site 1. Good walking shoes are recommended.  more »
  • My partner and I visited the Plain of Jars in October. We spent 2 nights in Phonsavan, with 1 full day to explore the Plain of Jars. Unfortunately it was pouring down with rain the day we had for our ...  more »
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  • The main attraction of Phonsavanh, and its surrounds, are the soon to world heritage listed Plain Of Jars sites. There are other attractions to visit, in the outlying areas of the province, but the jars are the main draw card. Site one, with roughly 300 jars, is the largest and, conveniently, the nearest at just ten kilometers from the township. Sites two and three are roughly between 25 – 30 kilometers from town and, although having fewer jars, are on more forested landscapes. There is less shade available at site one and, for this reason, it’s a better option to visit in the late afternoon when the heat has gone from the day. There’s also the added bonus of catching an outstanding sunset from the highest point of the site.
  • Great mysterious place. Take a private tour to hear some great stories!
  • Really impressive. The jars are huge and quite mysterious. Also there are many craters from bombs that pocket the landscape...it's like an art museum/war memorial, very intense but beautiful.
  • Plain of jars itself is an interesting sight but not really as impressive as expected and lacked information. But Phonsavan itself is a rip off and quite expensive to get to and from. Accomdation is also very expensive for incredibly basic rooms.
  • Must see if you are in luang prabang, 30mind lao skyway fly here instead of take the long bus. Mysterious stone jars.

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Where to stay in Phonsavan

You'll find a decent mix of accommodations in Phonsavan, with the landscape and cultural attractions bringing in a diverse set of visitors each year. The main street and adjoining roads remain the place to look for backpacker hostels and guesthouses. Close to the amenities of the town, including tour companies and restaurants, the simple accommodations are conveniently located and comfortable, non-fussy, and budget-friendly. Look to the surrounding hills for some more upscale options, with hotels enjoying commanding views of the surrounding scenery.
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