The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Mr. Sousath phetrasy is the first man wrote the a proposal government and to the Au-said to open the plain of jars to the Public and clear the U.X.O from the jars site, he also helped the archaeologists to Excavations the jars, and start the local tour Agency from 1991 until today. Sousath “Son” Mr. Nouds phetrasy is the only person who still continues on the tourism business from his father until today. Mr. Nouds joined the Lao Air force, learnt how to clear the U.X.O from the Army and been training from Laos’s national guide, Cultural Heritage Guide, UNESCO-MICT Guide, and study about the jars and Indochina war history, Mr. Nouds run daily tour to the plain of jars, War history site as Long Chieng Lima site 20 A former C.I. A air base ..
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  • Shatyn C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience
    Visited the Plain of Jars sites 1, 2, & 3 recently. Mid rainy season nevertheless it was a fantastic experience. Our guide Tey Lassada was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. Went out of his way to ensure that we had the best experience possible given the conditions of the paths.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Scarlett
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend visit!
    Beautiful destination, combining ancient & contemporary history. Our guide Tey Lassada was very friendly and knowledgeable. Please bear in mind that the options & programme might be limited due to weather- and roadconditions. Our schedule was altered during the day because of this, but nontheless we had a wonderful day visiting plain of jars sites and the old capital and the museum. Tey drives very well, in a comfortable & clean ac minivan.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Kathy M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience.
    Visited in 1994, when only one place to stay. The site was totally deserted, found it fascinating. Not sure if they've yet confirmed the purpose of the jars, I've read conflicting stories.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Franciscus J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit PLain of Jars? Call Mr. Souk +856-20 285 484 54
    We went with guide Mr. Souk to the plain of jars and it was excellent. Mr. Souk speaks English very well and knows all the best places to go. We not only visit the plain of jars but also the old town and the stories he's telling during the tour are great. He's very polite and knows the best places to eat too. The day after we hired him to bring us to Paksan. On our way to Paksan he stops at the most beautifull places, so we can enjoy and take some pictures. Mr. Souk is a Hmong, so he can also talk to the people which are living in the small mountain villages, so you can take some beautifull pictures.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 February 2024
  • MarkP4
    Adelaide, Australia225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mysterious stone jars are worth the trek
    So I was crazy enough to hire a driver and a vehicle and do the drive from Luang Prabang (and back) to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site. This involved a 9.5 hours drive to Phonsavan, a day to visit sites 1, 2 and 3 (as well as the giant Buddha), and then another 9.5 hour drive back to Luang Prabang. Don't do this, take a flight from Vientiane, as calling it a road is generous and the dust thrown up by all the trucks gets everywhere. Various blogs say that most people only visit site 1 and it gets busy but sites 2 & 3 are a better experience. I decided to do sites 2 & 3 in the morning and so arrived at site 2 early. While we had to wait a little while for the gatekeeper/ticketseller to arrive it meant that not only was I wandering around in the cool of the early morning but I was the only one there, perfect. The site is divided in half by an old colonial road but the side on the left as you arrive is the idyllic site. A number of jars hiding in a grove of trees. The other half of the site has fewer jars and is more exposed to the sun. At site 3 you cross a bamboo bridge and are confronted by three paths crossing some (dry in my case) paddy fields. No signage to guide you but you take the right hand path. It's quite a way across the fields but persist and you will come to a gated enclosure of more jars in a grove of trees. Again I was the first person there and could enjoy the site to myself before a Swiss couple and their guide who arrived at site 2 after me caught up to me again. After lunch it was onto site 1. This is a much larger site, it has shops and a "museum". There is a shuttle to take you from the car park up to the main gate. The site is quite a lot larger than either of site 2 or 3 and quite exposed (bring a hat and sunscreen). There are information boards here describing some of the features, including the bomb craters from the IndoChina War. One of the boards talks about the jar with a human figure on it (the only one) but gives you a challenge to find it. I did a couple of circuits before I did. There are a couple of jars up on the hill and a view of the surrounding countryside if you have any energy left. I wasn't sure of the procedure to get back down to the car park so was walking down when a shuttle caught up with me and offered me a lift. The little "museum" is worth a look before you leave.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Lyn K
    Perth, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plain of Jars & surrounds ❤️
    Went to Plain of Jars 1, 2 & 3 & surrounding areas with Tour Guide Tey Lassada.(+856) 20 2294 6979 Awesome day, Tey speaks great English and so much knowledge about Laos culture and his beautiful Country. Fully recommend him👏
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 June 2024
  • majdica
    Ghent, Belgium24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect tour
    I visited this with mr Tey Lassada, husband of whatsapp number is: +856 20 22 946 979 He is a very good guide, speaks English very well and it is really a pleasure to spend some time with him. He has a very big and comfortable car, drives safe and knows a lot of the history of Laos. I also visited other things with him. I am a solo female traveller and usually do not take a guide, Mr Tey I do highly recommend.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 July 2024
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MarkP4
Adelaide, Australia225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
So I was crazy enough to hire a driver and a vehicle and do the drive from Luang Prabang (and back) to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site. This involved a 9.5 hours drive to Phonsavan, a day to visit sites 1, 2 and 3 (as well as the giant Buddha), and then another 9.5 hour drive back to Luang Prabang. Don't do this, take a flight from Vientiane, as calling it a road is generous and the dust thrown up by all the trucks gets everywhere.
Various blogs say that most people only visit site 1 and it gets busy but sites 2 & 3 are a better experience.
I decided to do sites 2 & 3 in the morning and so arrived at site 2 early. While we had to wait a little while for the gatekeeper/ticketseller to arrive it meant that not only was I wandering around in the cool of the early morning but I was the only one there, perfect. The site is divided in half by an old colonial road but the side on the left as you arrive is the idyllic site. A number of jars hiding in a grove of trees. The other half of the site has fewer jars and is more exposed to the sun.
At site 3 you cross a bamboo bridge and are confronted by three paths crossing some (dry in my case) paddy fields. No signage to guide you but you take the right hand path. It's quite a way across the fields but persist and you will come to a gated enclosure of more jars in a grove of trees. Again I was the first person there and could enjoy the site to myself before a Swiss couple and their guide who arrived at site 2 after me caught up to me again.
After lunch it was onto site 1. This is a much larger site, it has shops and a "museum". There is a shuttle to take you from the car park up to the main gate. The site is quite a lot larger than either of site 2 or 3 and quite exposed (bring a hat and sunscreen). There are information boards here describing some of the features, including the bomb craters from the IndoChina War. One of the boards talks about the jar with a human figure on it (the only one) but gives you a challenge to find it. I did a couple of circuits before I did. There are a couple of jars up on the hill and a view of the surrounding countryside if you have any energy left.
I wasn't sure of the procedure to get back down to the car park so was walking down when a shuttle caught up with me and offered me a lift.
The little "museum" is worth a look before you leave.
Written 20 March 2024
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BenjaminK1985
Victoria, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Visited in July 2022. There was a general lack of tourists due to a slow recovery from Covid restrictions, but I was able to book a tour with Mr. Souk. In one full day, we visited all 3 major sites and a local village by minivan. Transportation was comfortable, had a nice local lunch in a rural area, and was not rushed at any of the sites. If you are in or planning to be in the area, I highly recommend contacting Mr. Souk to discuss a tour. He is a local and speaks excellent English.

Email: koobmeejha@hotmail.com
Lao: 020 28548454
International: +856 20 28548454
WhatsApp: 020 28548454
Written 3 August 2022
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Scarlett
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful destination, combining ancient & contemporary history. Our guide Tey Lassada was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Please bear in mind that the options & programme might be limited due to weather- and roadconditions. Our schedule was altered during the day because of this, but nontheless we had a wonderful day visiting plain of jars sites and the old capital and the museum. Tey drives very well, in a comfortable & clean ac minivan.
Written 29 August 2023
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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada4,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Plain of Jars is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos that is hard to get to, but well worth the effort. Up until recently no one knew why these huge stone jars were created and even now there is no universal agreement on their purpose. There is still no consensus of who made them. There is no doubt that they are one of the world's most mysterious sites.

Located near the city of Phonsavan which has no airport, you need to drive here from Luang Prabang on one of the worst roads in Asia. However, once here, there are quite decent hotels and restaurants.

There is no one site that is the Plain of Jars, but rather many. You should definitely visit at least three sites starting with Site One which is the most easily accessible and that is actually on a plain. Other sites are harder to get to, but quite different from Site One. These are often on hill tops and involve hikes through Laotian rice fields.

While visiting this area of Laos you will also see many bomb craters from the American bombing campaign that made Laos the most bombed place in history. It's an eye opening experience to realize just how wrong this was and how the hundreds of thousands of unexploded ordnance still affect day to day life in this very poor country.
Written 12 April 2023
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majdica
Ghent, Belgium24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
I visited this with mr Tey Lassada, husband of whatsapp number is: +856 20 22 946 979
He is a very good guide, speaks English very well and it is really a pleasure to spend some time with him. He has a very big and comfortable car, drives safe and knows a lot of the history of Laos. I also visited other things with him. I am a solo female traveller and usually do not take a guide, Mr Tey I do highly recommend.
Written 11 July 2024
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kingmak
Hong Kong, China57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you are travelling solo to Plain of Jars, best is to go to main street to negotiate a tuk tuk to bring you to site one. It takes about 25 minutes to the ticket office where there is an exhibition hall with a decent toilet and free drop off to the site 1 entrance. Best to go early in the morning to avoid afternoon heat, bring your lunch and plenty of water. Don't miss the cave and its top to have a panoramic views of Phonsavan. It is picturesque and sacred.
Written 17 February 2020
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123P&P
United Kingdom91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Really worth the trip - we flew from Vientiane for just $30 each way. We did a shared tour with Mr Souk, good value and he was excellent. Worth climbing to hill above quarry for the views but it’s 1000 steps (stairs). We stayed at Sipanya Guesthouse, also good.
Written 21 February 2023
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Kalahari5
Toowoomba, Australia185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Fantastic day trip around three of the jars sites.
Such a mystery.
Worth the effort to get there.
Tey is an excellent host who speaks English very well and will gout of his way to ensure your needs are met bot on the tour and during your stay.
I visited 3 jars sites, the old capital, rice noodle village and my favourite part was the morning market.
Not much else of interest in Phonsavan but definitely worth putting on your itinerary.
Written 8 February 2020
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jo marshall
Canning, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited site 1 & 2 with tour guide. Both sites offered completely different experiences. Site 2 was so green and mainly on the top of a hill, site 1 was more barren and spread out on flat and hillside. We visited around lunch time and surprisingly we had site 2 all to ourselves, at site 1 maybe only 15 visitors. Great photo opportunity and definatley among the best things we did in Laos worth the long drive from Luang Prabang to get there
Written 11 January 2020
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Barreldogs
Cremorne, Australia305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I've heard it described as Asia's Stonehenge. I wouldn't go that far, but it is definitely an interesting visit. Afterwards, head to "Bombies" restaurant for the best food in Laos, and the owner's father was actually the guy who opened the plain of jars as a tourist attraction
Written 26 April 2023
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