Your day-by-day itinerary

rice paddies of Phonsovan, Laos

Day 1

Arrival in Phonsavan

Most travellers flight from Vientiane to Phonsovan and, if you look out the plane window, you’ll see the huge craters left by America’s secret war on Laos. When you arrive, you’ll make your own way from the airport to your cosy guest house. In the afternoon, you can visit the MAG (Mines Advisory Group) centre, where you can find out how unexploded mines affect the lives of the local people.

man next to huge rocks

Day 2

Plain of Jars

There are three plains in the Phonsavan area peppered with ancient sandstone jars. Some experts believe that the giant jars were used to store wine or rice, while others believe that the dead were once buried in them. At Site 1, you’ll find a giant urn weighing thousands of kilos. According to the Laotians, this jar was the victory-cup of the mythical King Jeuan. You’ll also find another 250 jars with oval or round openings and, at times you’ll also see decorated ‘lids’. Archaeologists believe that these lids were never used to shut the jars, but the mystery surrounding the plains is nowhere near being solved.

locals in school

In the afternoon you’ll visit The Lone Buffalo Foundation, a community project offering young people free English courses and computer courses. It also promotes physical activities, such as football classes, encouraging English study through sport. Meeting travellers gives the students a great opportunity to practice speaking in public, so your visit will come in very handy. In turn, you’ll learn a great deal about local Lao culture.

small boy sitting on the floor

Day 3

Phonsavan - Luang Prabang

This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel and travel by minibus to enchanting Luang Prabang.

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Speak to our Laos specialist, Miles

“Laos is a real winner for anyone looking for a mix of culture, nature and tasty cuisine. Visiting the falls outside Luang Prabang is my favourite excursion - it’s a ‘must do’ experience and my customers highly recommend it too!”

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