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Plain Of Jars

Posted by Glhaskell on 5/4/2009 at 05:46

How far is the plain of Jars from Vientiane. Suggestions on getting there?

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Posted by laos_info on 5/4/2009 at 10:57

flights go about 3 times a week, buses a lot more regularly but it is a good full day's drive. Could break it up with a stop in Vang Vieng overnight

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Posted by exacto on 6/4/2009 at 07:44

when i looked on the Lao Airlines website, it seemed like there may be as many as two flights a day, six days a week. either way, i'd recommend flying. you could always catch an onward flight from there to Luang Prabang as well.

i did the reverse trip several years ago and had a great time. i thought that the flight over the Plain of Jars was one of the highlights of the trip.

you can read more about it at: https://www.travelfish.org/feature/55

cheers.

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Posted by somsai on 10/4/2009 at 07:13

The bus wasn't very difficult as far as busses in Laos go. With three flat tires it still seemed to be not too long. Good roads and you get a full dose of karst formations as the road takes in the best parts on the way to Luang Prabang and then cuts through them some more for an extra helping.

Was there end of January.

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Posted by BDV on 21/4/2009 at 17:09

Am in Phonsovan at the moment and traveled the route a couple of days ago.

Just jumped a local bus at Vientiane Northern Bus Station and the trip took about 10 hours. Wasn't a bad trip..

Bus leaves at 8:00am and costs 95,000 kip

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Posted by Intrepid82 on 22/4/2009 at 13:38

Is the Plain of Jars a must see?

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Posted by Rufus on 22/4/2009 at 16:35

"Is the Plain of Jars a must see?"

Depends on you? is anything a "must see" (sic)?

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Posted by exacto on 22/4/2009 at 21:33

hey intrepid,

the plain of jars is interesting and definitely worth a visit if you have the time. sometimes it just depends on how much time and money you have and what other things you are planning to see in the area.

the jars sites themselves are small. but in addition to those locations, there is quite a bit of local (southeast asian war) history. the area is also a chance to interact with lots of different ethnic groups, if you are seeking that type of thing.

in any case, i wrote the Travelfish article listed above on visiting the plain of jars, and while it has been a few years now, the info may still be useful helping you decide if you want to go or not.

where else will you be visiting in laos anyway? cheers.

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Posted by Intrepid82 on 23/4/2009 at 05:53

Thanks exacto!
I am still working out where I will go, but I will probably only have two weeks (with one week in Cambodia). This site has been extremely helpful so far - but the more I read about Laos the more I want to see!! I definitely dont want to be rushing around like a mad thing, this holiday is supposed to be about discovering another culture and hopefully getting off the beaten track a bit.

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Posted by Intrepid82 on 23/4/2009 at 06:04

Exacto I've read the article you wrote and it sound like its worth a visit.....thanks :)

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Posted by Rufus on 23/4/2009 at 17:21

Exacto, I think 5 sites are open now. Mind you, 3 is enough for me....

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