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Luang Prabang to Plain of Jars

  • messej01

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    Hi,

    Has anyone done a one or two night trip/tour to the Plain of Jars from Luang Prabang? Interested if any companies do these (inexpensively) using minibus??
    Thanks
    Messej01

    #1 Posted: 2/8/2006 - 17:41

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi messej01,

    While I've not done a trip like what you suggest, I'd imagine it would be a bit of a rush to do it by minibus as it is a very long drive from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan (for the Plain of Jars). You may be better off to look at flying from LP to Phonsavan, and then organising something through your guesthouse or hotel there. You can see our story on Phonsavan for more information.

    #2 Posted: 3/8/2006 - 09:36

  • messej01

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    I thought there were only flights from Vientienne to Phonsavon - have they re-started the flights from LP?
    We've only got about 3 weeks in Laos - do you think it's worth going here anyway?
    Seems like a big effort for not much return.
    Thanks
    Messej01

    #3 Posted: 3/8/2006 - 10:40

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    According to the schedule section of the Lao Airlines website, they're still flying it -- though not very frequently -- scroll down to the part about Xieng Khuang -- that the airport for Phonsavan.

    If this is your first trip to Laos and in the three weeks you're planning on seeing both the north and south of Laos, then I'd lean towards skipping the Plain of Jars -- however, if you're planning on spending three weeks just in the north, then it is probably worth a look.

    #4 Posted: 3/8/2006 - 10:57

  • ontour06

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    We travelled by public bus from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan a couple of weeks ago ...11 hour bus journey with spectacular scenery. We arrived in the evening and booked a trip to the Plain of Jars with a local guide for the folowing day (8 dollars) 9am to 4pm (3 jar sites). Rained all day at the Jars but it was great. enjoy!

    #5 Posted: 11/8/2006 - 16:59

  • halu

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    I've read that the road to Phonsavan/Plain of Jars (rte 7 W) is dangerous, due to guerrilla activity and/or banditry.

    We'd really like to see the Plain of Jars in the few days we have in Laos, but if it's a legitimate threat, we might reconsider.

    #6 Posted: 7/9/2006 - 06:19

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    Hi halu,

    To my knowledge there hasn't been attack on a westerner on that road in years now, though if you're still concerned, you can fly to Phonsavan.

    #7 Posted: 7/9/2006 - 07:48

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    That's great! Thanks!

    #8 Posted: 7/9/2006 - 22:35

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