FROM LUANG PRABANG 
TO THE MYSTERIOUS JARS
  

Length

8 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

The tour From Luang Prabang To The Mysterious Jars is distinguished from classical itineraries for the deviation t0 Xieng Khouang for the visit of the impressive archaeological site of the “Plain of Jars“, which is still the subject of research to understand the meaning and origins of hundreds large jars lying on the plateau for about 2000 years. The route is developed in 8 days traveling overland which allows a very close experience with minorities villages, ethnic groups and the wonderful nature.

Visit Luang Prabang, “City of the Golden Buddha”, the legendary capital of  Lan Xang Kingdom, located on the peninsula at the confluence of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. 

Discover the beauty of Kuang Si waterfalls and cruise on Mekong river to Pak Ou caves, “Thousands Buddha cave”, for centuries an important place of worship and pilgrimage.

Explore the ruins Muong Khoune dating back to the 16th century. Continuing further south between amazing landscapes we reach Vang Vieng, the town framed by dramatic scenery of karst mountains, lush forests, and impressive caves, and Vientiane, the capital that mixes French-colonial architecture with Buddhist temples such as the national symbol Pha That Luang.

The itinerary is developed from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. 
However can be further customised to suit your travel and budget needs, and it can be combined with other routes.

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Length : 8D 7N
From : LUANG PRABANG
To : VIENTIANE
Destinations : Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN LUANG PRABANG

Mount Phusi © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelMount Phusi

Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to the Hotel.

In the late afternoon we climb Mount Phousi to visit the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the beautiful panorama and a romantic sunset over the Mekong. In the evening worth a stroll through the Night Market where we can find the handicrafts of ethnic minorities in the area.

Included : Private pick up from the airport, guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVES

National MuseumNational Museum

Very early in the morning is worth a visit to the Buddhist daily ritual on the central street of the city where devotees offer food donations to a long line of monks who reciprocate with blessings and prayers. An ancient religious tradition that manifests itself so remarkable only in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast we visit the National Museum, former Royal Palace, now home to an important collection of precious including Buddha statues and many gifts received from dignitaries visiting the court of Luang Prabang. We continue along the quiet streets of the town bordered by buildings from the French colonial period to admire the architecture and learn about their original function. 

Afterwards we proceed to Wat Sene Souk Haram, the “Temple of the 100,000 treasures”, built in 1718 using 100,000 stones extracted from the Mekong River; to Wat Xieng Thong, “Monastery of the Golden City”, founded in 1560, among the most important of Luang Prabang, known for the elegance and grace of the period architecture.

we transfer to the pier and board for a river cruise to Pak Ou Caves, or “Thousand Buddhas cave”, situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Ou river, one of the most significant visits during your journey in Laos. 

The sanctuary consists of 2 large cavities in the limestone: Tham Ting, the lower cave (30 steps), and Tham Theung, the higher cave (70 steps). For over thousands of years has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for the faithful who came to pray bringing the gift of an image of Buddha. Following this tradition today both cavities housing thousands of Buddha statues of different sizes, from a few centimeters to about 2 meters, in different styles and spiritual positions (mudra), from meditation to nirvana.

On the way back to town we visit Ban Xang Kong village know for the ancient textile tradition and mulberry paper production. We end the day with a beautiful sunset from the top of Wat Phabath temple.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI WATERFALLS

Kuang Si waterfallsKuang Si waterfalls

In the morning we continue the visits in Luang Prabang to Wat Visoun, built in 1513, to Wat Aham, “Monastery of the Heart in Bloom”, built at the beginning of the 19th century, and formerly a place of meditation and encounter between the animist and Buddhist culture; to Wat Mai, the “New Monastery”, made in the late 18th century, among the most complex and extended picturesque in town, richly decorated and easily distinguishable for the singular roofs to 5 levels.

We then proceed to the outskirts of Luang Prabang to visit the amazing Kuang Si waterfall. On the way we visit some villages inhabited by ethnic minoritiesOnce at Kuang Si waterfalls we can enjoy a swim in the refreshing turquoise waters, explore the trails that penetrate the forest or just relax framed in a beautiful natural setting.

Once at Kuang Si waterfalls you can enjoy a swim in the refreshing turquoise waters, explore the trails that penetrate the forest or just relax framed in a beautiful natural setting.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. XIENG KHOUANG - PLAIN OF JARS

Plain of jarsPlain of Jars

In the morning transfer to Xieng Khoang, a highly affected province by American bombing during the Second Indochina War (Vietnam War).

The route is scenically exciting and reflects the authentic landscape of Laos. It isn’t common to encounter many other tourists around here. The journey is a bit long but we will make several stops where there will be interesting photographic opportunities.

We reach the Plain of Jars, the archaeological site of considerable size where hundreds of large jars are set back on the big plateau. Archaeologists claim that the jars are dated about 2000 years but still have not found a concrete explanation to their actual use, which have been used as funerary urns or simply to contain the famous rice wine. 

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. PLAIN OF JARS

Plain of jarsPlain of Jars

In the morning we continue the visits at Muang Khoune, once capital of the autonomous principality Tai Muang Phoan in the 16th century, heavily damaged by American bombing.

Along the way we visit the villages of ethnic minorities Thai Dam (Thai Blacks) and Phuan.

We continue to the ruins of Wat Phia Wat, built in the 16th century is still a place of worship for the faithful. Following we visit the temple ruins of Wat Tha Foune built in the 14th century in “Ayutthaya style” with the typical bell shape.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. VANG VIENG

Vang Vieng viewVang Vieng view

In the morning we continue to Vang Vieng: more than a city is a village where the real attraction of the place is definitely the beautiful karst landscape, and unexplored tunnels and caves, some of whichs have names that occur in the local mythology and it is said that all are inhabited by spirits.

The landscape during the transfer is very interesting and allows us to immerse ourselves in the daily lifestyle of hill-tribe. 

Upon arrival in Vang Vieng we visit Tham Chang cave, the most famous and full of fascinating stories. It was once used as an impregnable refuge during the devastating incursions of predators Chinese from the North. An electrical system now illuminates the way up to the upper cave from where you can see the superb surrounding landscape and the Nam Song River through a slit in the limestone wall.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. VIENTIANE

That Luang Stupa © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelThat Luang Stupa

In the morning transfer to Vientiane, the capital that mixes French-colonial architecture with Buddhist temples.

Upon arrival visit the major attractions such as Wat Si Saket, known for thousands of Buddha images that is said preserved the temple during the invasion by Siamese armies in 1828. 

In the afternoon we continue to Wat Ho Prakeo, which once housed the Emerald Buddha, and to That Luang Stupa, considered the most important monument in Laos, which according to local belief houses a relic of Buddha transported to the site in the 3rd century BC.

We conclude the visits at Patuxai, or “Laotian Arc de Triomphe”, the monument of the fallen of all wars.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

08. VIENTIANE DEPARTURE

Transfer to international airport in time for your departure flight.

(The itinerary can continue to Cambodia through the land border)

Included : Breakfast, private transportation to airport

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