The main attraction to this region is the Plain of Jars. The gigantic stone jars are to Laos as Stonehenge is to England – an enigma. While there are many theories, nobody really knows why hundreds of huge stone jars are scattered across several sites on a barren Laotian plain. Carved from solid rock, most of these containers weigh from 600kg to one ton per piece; the largest weighs six tons. The jars are set amongst beautiful scenery of rolling hills which are covered with green grass and a smattering of pine trees during the wet season.
Climate: Phonsavan has humid subtropical climate tempered by its high elevation (1,100 m). The city has long, warm, wet summers and short, dry winters. Average June temperature is 23.6 °C, average December (the coldest month) temperature is 14.8 °C.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Phonsavan is during the dry season from November to March, but due to the higher altitude (1100m), the hot season from March to May isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as in lower-lying areas.
Getting here: Flights travel to and from Vientiane four days of the week at the Xiang Khouang Airport in Phonsavan. The flight takes 30 minutes.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
November to January is the best time to visit lowland Laos, when daytime temperatures are agreeably warm, evenings are slightly chilly and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. However, at higher elevations temperatures are significantly cooler, sometimes dropping to freezing point. In February, temperatures begin to climb, reaching a peak in April, when the lowlands are baking hot and humid.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
The easiest and quickest way to get into Laos is to fly. There are three main international airports in Laos, with Vientiane being the main gateway into the country. The three international airports including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang and Pakse International Airline in Pakse and another international airport near Savannakhet called savannakhet Airport which serves only one international airline to Suvarnabhumu in Thailand.
Airlines flying to & from Laos including Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air Asia recently.
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