After breakfast at hotel, visit the Morning Market, also known as Talaat Sao and famous for its superior silk weaving, metal work and woodcarving, and the nearby Ethnic Handicraft Market. Afterward, transfer to Vientiane Airport to take a Lao Airline flight to Xieng Khouang.
Meet upon arrival at Xieng Khouang Airport, transfer to Phonesavanh, the new capital city of the Xieng Khouang Province, and check in at the hotel. The Northern province of Xieng Khouang was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and, as soon as the plane begins to descend, one can notice how much of the province is still pockmarked with bomb craters.
The original capital, Xieng Khouang, was almost totally destroyed, so the capital was moved to Phonesavanh. Near Phonesavanh is the mysterious Plain of Jars featuring massive, ancient stone jars weighing up to as much as six tonnes. The jars have been fashioned from solid stone, most from a tertiary conglomerate known as molasses, akin to sandstone, and a few from granite.
Several theories have been advanced as to the functions of the jars (burial urns, wine fermenters, rice storage), but there is no evidence confirming one theory over the other. However, in the 1930s, French archaeologists found ashes, stone axes, bronze ornaments and ceramics, which may have been offerings to the dead.
Return to Phonesavanh Township for dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Xieng Khoung.