After breakfast, we explore the Plain of Jars by visiting Sites 1, 2 & 3, as well as taking a short walk to visit Tai Dam and Lao Leum villages along the way.
The Plain of Jars combines ancient and contemporary history with insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Nature encounters are easily accessible off the beaten track.
Unlike Ancient Greece or the First Emperor of China that date from around the same time very little is known about the civilization that created The Plain of Jars. More recently the area suffered badly due to heavy bombardment by the Americans during the Vietnam War. The locals have found imaginative ways to rebuild their lives and surroundings, sometimes using the remnants as part of their daily life; bomb fragments became spoons, and a distinct Xieng Khouang style of architecture created incorporating shells as building material & décor for houses. By visting the jar sites and local villages, you will gather a complete story of history and local life of this land.
After lunch, continue to an ancient capital of Muang Khoun , once the royal seat of the minor kingdom Xieng Khouang, renowned in the sixteenth century for its 62 opulent stupas, whose sides were said to be covered in treasure. However the tough history of war leave this land abandoned and washed out almost all of its glories, temples, statues. All remain is an elegant Buddha image towering over ruined columns off brick.
You will visit another Hmong village before return to your Hotel.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Anoulack Khen Lao Hotel – VIP Room