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Plaines des jarres

Plaines des jarres (Laos)

Practical information about Plaines des jarres

  • Archaeological Site
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
400km drive from Vientiane
When to go
From October to April - it's colder but rains less.
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Plaines des jarres

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27 travel articles

The Plain of Jars is spread over different sites. Some are over 2,000 years old and their early usage is unknown. The jars are divided into 3 main sites.

My suggestion:
No point in paying for a guided tour! Rent a moped (early in the morning if you want an automatic one), get a map off the rental agent and plan your day yourself! If you are two people you can split the cost!

People don't necessarily come to Phonsavan for the town itself, but rather for the mysterious Plain of Jars! You should really put this on your list during your trip to Laos! The scenery that lines the route is magnificent, you can pass through several villages and I loved the motorbike trip to the plains.

We were advised not to visit all the sites; a jar is, after all, a jar. So we opted for Site 1, the biggest of them all. The ambience is mesmerising and you won't be in a rush to leave. It's a mystical place that I really liked.

In the Old Capital there's a superb Stuppa covered in vegetation and, if you want to see the three sites, they're not far away and well sign-posted. Turn right at the first sign you see - Site 1 is 2km away. The entry fee is 10,000 Kip. One piece of advice: take a fleece! The plains are on plateau at a high altitude and it can get cold! 

Plain of Jars, Site 1
Plain of Jars, Site 1 in the morning