Auberge de la Plaine des Jarres – Phonsavanh
The Auberge de Plain de Jars is a delightful mountain lodge type hotel perched atop the Phou Phadeng Hill in North Laos.
Overlooking the picturesque Phonsavanh town and surrounded by verdant paddy fields and rolling mountains, this cosy hotel is particularly suitable for a tranquil getaway. The high altitude and the real working fireplaces that are often used during the chilly winter months add a characteristic 'alpine' feel to the Auberge.
The collection of 15 wooden bungalows is nestled amongst pine and fern trees. The spacious and airy cabins are appointed with modern amenities and en-suite bathrooms while the fireplaces and chimneys add rustic touches to the simple interiors. The verandahs are inviting spaces to sit and relax over the sweeping mountain sceneries.
Housed in a separate wooden building, the restaurant is decorated with an eclectic blend of war-time memorabilia and traditional Lao textiles. It serves a fine selection of continental and signature Lao dishes, including sticky rice, papaya salad and laap. In the adjoining bar lounge, guests can unwind and bask in the warmth of crackling fires over a glass of vintage wine.
As one of the earliest lodgings available in the Xieng Khouang area, the Auberge is constructed and managed by a French-Lao family who ensures guests enjoy impeccable services during their stay. It is an excellent base to explore the attractions in Xieng Khouang province, the most famous of which is the Plain of Jars. Various legends and theories enshroud this mysterious selection of ancient and immense stone jars whose origins still remain uncovered to this day. The town centre with its offerings of local markets, restaurants and shops are all but a ten-minute drive away.
In-room log fires
Library with books and maps
Restaurant and Bar- All-day dining and fully stocked bar
15 wooden bungalows
Auberge de la Plaine des Jarres - Hotel North Laos
Located atop Phou Phadeng Hill, Auberge de la Plaine Des Jarres is a twenty minute drive east of Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars.
Who should go?
Our advice: rustic with a rugged charm yet clean and welcoming, Auberge de la Plaine des Jarres is Phonsavan's best accommodation option. Although not luxurious, the hotel offers enough basic amenities (such as hot water, en suite bathrooms and clean rooms) is suited for most travelers to the Plain of Jars who generally stay 2 nights maximum. Discerning travelers will find the property lacking in facilities however the warm service and spectacular views should appease most visitors.
When to go?
Phonsavan's weather follows the same pattern as Vientiane but with slightly cooler temperatures. From November to February the weather is cool and dry while March to June sees temperatures soaring in to the mid-30s (Celcius). July to October tend to be very rainy, washing out some roads thus making some travel to Phonsavan and its surroundings inaccessible. The Lao are very sociable and if you happen to be in the country during one of their festivals, you are sure to get caught up in the lively atmosphere! Pii Mai, Lao New Year, is in April and the celebrations include parades and water fights.
Where is it?
Located atop Phou Phadeng Hill, Auberge de la Plaine Des Jarres is a twenty minute drive east of Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars in eastern Laos. There is an airport with daily flights to Vientiane (subject to change) or can travel overland from Luang Prabang (6-7 hours) or Vientiane (6-8 hours).
What's not to be missed?
Sitting by the Auberge's fire place in the evening enjoying the views. Exploring the nearby Plain of Jars. Going for a walk to nearby hilltribe villages.
At the main cabin of Auberge de la Plaine Des Jarres houses a cosy dining room overlooking the valley below. Open all day, the menu features mainly Lao dishes and a few Thai and western options. The bar is fully stocked and fresh Lao coffee and tea are also available throughout the day.