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How to get to Xiengkhouang- the Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars culture tourism region is located in Xiengkhouang Province and is part of Laos’ Northern Heritage Route. The provincial capital Phonsavan offers a wide range of restaurants and hotels for small and more generous budgets. Phonsavan is the ideal starting point to unscover the hidden stories of the Plain of Jars; join community based trekking tours or a packaged minivan tour; alternatively explore individually by push or motorbike. When travelling in group or alone always be aware of unexploded ordinance and stay on well-trodden or cleared paths. Travel to Phonsavan by bus on paved roads from Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng or Vientiane. Plan a day to reach the Xiengkhouang Plateau.  Phonsavan airport offers several flights a week from and to Vientiane. Temperatures are several degrees cooler than in the rest of Laos and a blanket rather than air-condition is often required at night.
By plane
The nearest airport is in Phonsavan. Lao Airlines offers six flights a week in peak season and four flights in low season to Vientiane.
By bus
If you are travelling from Vientiane you can either take VIP buses or local buses. The buses leave from the northern bus terminal and take about 10-12 hours. Note: The roads are paved but there are plenty of serpentines. The bus trip from Vang Vieng takes 7-8 hours. Buses run daily from Luang Prabang via Route 13 and 7 and take 8 hours. You could also hire a minivan in either Luang Prabang or Vientiane.

Coming from Vinh or Hanoi in Vietnam visas are available on arrival at the Nam Ka border, which is open daily from 6:00-18:00. The bus from Vinh leaves four days a week and takes 12 hours, form Hanoi there is one bus per week.

Daily schedule for buses going to other provinces (XIENG KHOUANG BUS STATION)
Get around
To get to other towns in the province you can take local buses or pick-up trucks. Inside Phonsavan there are plenty of Tuk-Tuks, which might not be available without prior booking very early in the morning or late at night. A normal tour inside the town should cost 3000 to 10000 LAK. There are 9 travel agents in Phonsavan that arrange bike, motorbike and car rentals. A bike costs depending on quality from 20,000 Kip per day. You can rent mostly scooters for about 100,000 KIP. To rent a minivan costs about 50-80 USD, a 4WD costs over 100 USD. This includes or excludes gasoline, depending on the company. All prices vary hugely depending on season and availability.

Note: Tuk-Tuks are not allowed to take tourists to the Jar sites. You can visit the site with a certified guide or individually.
   


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