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Archeological Laos Tour

Archeological Laos Tour

3 Days / 2 Nights

from / to Phonsavan

Tour Highlights
• Learn of the hidden history of Laos
• Visit the mysterious and enigmatic Plain of Jars
• Marvel at the ancient sites of Muan Khoun
• Enjoy local and traditional Laotian sceneries
Explore the mysterious Plain of Jars, and gain a thought provoking insight into the secret history of this remote part of Laos. This three day tour is beautiful and serene, yet bizarre and baffling. The enigmatic jars are still to be explained, yet the remnants of the “secret war” are still to be documented. You’ll savor some of Laos’ most impressive sights, and you’ll find that they’re blissfully free of other tourists.

Itinerary

Day 1: Xieng Khuang Arrival

Arrive in Xieng Khuang where your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Xieng Khuang was completely destroyed during the “secret war,” thousands of American bombs decimating the land as Laos ended up entangled in the Vietnam war. It’s the gateway town to the Plain of Jars but today starts with an insight into its war history.

You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city before visiting the MAG Center, a humanitarian organization that’s still clearing the remnants of the conflict. It will provide a thought provoking narrative about a very unknown part of the US Vietnam war.

Overnight in Xieng Khuang

Day 2: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars (B/L)

In the morning you will journey through Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological complex that is one of the most remarkable sites in Asia. 2000 year old stone jars litter the landscape, enigmatic shapes carved into boulders and standing lonely on the ground. Some are 70cms high, but others rise up to four meters high. Don’t worry if you’re confused at their appearance. Their true origins and meanings continue to be a mystery.

Your guide will provide the competing theories and then you can make up your own mind. There are literally hundreds of these jars and you’ll visit three different sites; Thong Hai Hin, Hai Hin on Phou Salator, and Hai Hin Lat Khai. Local villages also punctuate the landscape so you’ll be surrounded by authentic Lao scenes throughout the tour. This area was heavily bombed during the war and unexploded landmines and bombs remain in the vicinity. It’s essential that you stick to the marked paths.

You’ll pass through areas that were important battlefields during the American secret war and it’s still possible to see the bomb craters. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Phonsavan. In the afternoon you’ll take a trip to Muang Khoun. an old provincial capital that somehow destroyed the bombings. Visit old pagodas that lay in ruins, cast your eyes on the immense columns of Wat Pia Wat, and then marvel at an ancient 30 meter stupa from the Lan Xang/ Lanna period. Few tourists visit this part of Laos yet it contains some of the country’s most impressive highlights.

The temples of this afternoon would be covered in tourists if they were in Luang Prabang. You’ll probably have them all to yourself. Return to Xieng Khuang in late afternoon. Overnight in Xieng Khouang.

Day 3: Xieng Khuang Departure (B)

After breakfast you have free time before being transferred to the airport to fly on to your next destination.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 31.03.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 608 1.165 48
Hotel Category Superior 652 1.255 92
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

PHONESAVANH
Hotel Category Standard:
Anouluck Khaen Lao ** – *** (standard room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Vasana Hotel *** (deluxe room)

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