Remnants of giant jars on the Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Laos

Xieng Khuang

The plains of ancient legends and myths

The small, dusty town of Phonsavan in northern Laos is the capital of Xieng Khuang Province. The main attraction is the Plain of Jars, reminiscent of England’s Stonehenge.

An enigma with many theories, there are no supporting facts as to why hundreds of huge stone jars are scattered across the vast plain. These massive jars, weighing up to 13 tonnes, are carved from solid rock and believed to be ancient funerary urns. Another interesting fact about Phonsavan is that it was one of the most heavily bombed areas in Laos and continues to be littered with unexploded ordnance (UXO).


  • An off-the-beaten-track experience highlighted by a close-up view of the Plain of Jars
  • History buffs will appreciate visiting the visible war remnants and hearing personal stories from the locals
Within Easy Reach Of...
Xien Khouang Airport is located in Phonsavan with limited flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
Vientiane 30min flight
Luang Prabang 30min flight or 8hr drive
Travel Tips
  • Only 9 of the 90 official jar sites have been cleared of unexploded ordnance (UXO) so visitors are strongly encouraged to stay in designated areas for safety
  • Sites 1,2, and 3 are available for viewing

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