Meaning the ‘hills of paradise’, Phonsavan is the lively new capital of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. The town has a history that is both mysterious and intensely tragic, with a strong Vietnamese presence. Unaffected by urban planning the town can be admired from the surrounding rolling pine-clad hills topped with small resorts. Phonsavan is famous as it was one of the most heavily bombed areas in Laos and today remains littered with unexploded ordinance. It is best to use this city as a base for exploring the site of the mysterious Plain of Jars – scattered with clumps of large stone vessels, believed to be ancient funerary urns.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Plain of Jars
  • Hills of Paradise
  • Beautiful Landscape

Activities in Phonsavan

En Route Drive Highlights-Khmu Villages, Buddha Cave & Phatang Mountain View

We leave Vang Vieng this morning, making a short photo stop at Phatang Mountain view point to admire the beautiful scenery. We also have an optional stop at Koe Kuang, which boasts a local forest market, offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles! We also make a stop at Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village, before arriving at Phou Khoun for lunchtime. We continue on the road into Xiengkhuang province, reaching our highest altitude of the day 1500m above sea level, just after Phou Khoun. We have time to make a stop at Ban Son Boom, a Hmong village. Our final stops of the day are a reminder that this region played a major part during the Vietnam War – as we visit a hidden Buddha Cave, that served as an army hospital during the war and an optional stop to visit anold Russian tank. We arrive at your hotel in Phonsavan by early evening.

En Route Drive Highlights-Ancient town of Muang Khoun

We start early this morning, visiting the interesting Central Market, then (time permitting) driving out to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital, where you can explore the ruins of a number of ancient pagodas in the Lanna style and Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. We then travel by road to Vang Vieng, stopping for a late lunch in Phou Khoun. Following lunch we stop at Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village. We also have an optional stop at Koe Kuang, which boasts a local forest market, offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles! Our final stop of the day is a short photo stop of the stunning limestone karst scenery at Phatang Mountain view point. We then arrive in Vang Vieng by early evening where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

En Route Drive Highlights-Ancient town of Muang Khoun

Start out early morning to visit the interesting Central Market, followed by a drive to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital. Here you will explore the ruins of several ancient pagodas in Lanna style, and visit Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. Thereafter, begin a long, but very scenic drive to Luang Prabang. En route you can stop at Ban Somboun, a picturesque Hmong village. Lunch is in the small market town of Phou Khoun, where you can visit Ban Kiu Kharm Pom, a friendly Khmu village, and Ban Nam Ming, offering lovely views from its bridge. Arrive in Luang Prabang by early evening.

Plain of Jars Tour

Enjoy a trip to Phonsavan, meaning ‘hills of paradise’, to visit the Plain of Jars. Visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) office; learn how they work to clear land mines and unexploded ordinances/shells in the area. Transfer to Jar Site 1 (the largest site), and Jar Site 3, located atop a hill offering great views of the surrounding countryside.

Visit to Plain of Jars

Visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) Office to discover the work of clearing remaining landmines and unexploded ordnance. In the Plain of Jars around Phonsavan, just a short drive away, you can see centuries old, giant stone jars scattered around and part of prehistoric burial rites. A short trek from Jar Site 2 will take you to Jar site 3, which has more than 150 jars. This is located atop a hill and offers you a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside! Before you return in the afternoon, visit Jar Site 1 – the largest with more than 300 jars!

Luang Prabang-Phonsavan-Visit To The Plain Of Jars-Vientiane

Day 1 – Vientiane – Flight to Phonsavan – Plain Of Jars Enjoy a two day trip to Phonsavan, meaning ‘hills of paradise’, to visit the Plain of Jars. Travel from your hotel to board a direct flight to Phonsavan. On arrival, visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) office; learn how they work to clear land mines and unexploded ordinances/shells in the area. Transfer to Jar Site 1 (the largest site), and Jar Site 3, located atop a hill offering great views of the surrounding countryside. Spent overnight in Phonsavan. ================================================= Day 2 – Phonsavan – Muang Khoun – Luang Prabang by Road Start out early morning to visit the interesting Central Market, followed by a drive to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital. Here you will explore the ruins of several ancient pagodas in Lanna style, and visit Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. Thereafter, begin a long, but very scenic drive to Luang Prabang. En route you can stop at Ban Somboun, a picturesque Hmong village. Lunch is in the small market town of Phou Khoun, where you can visit Ban Kiu Kharm Pom, a friendly Khmu village, and Ban Nam Ming, offering lovely views from its bridge. Arrive in Luang Prabang by early evening.

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