Published: May 12th 2012May 12th 2012
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Beautiful Mountains, Beautiful Shades
Xiangkhoang, on the north east of Laos, border to Vietnam. The capital is Phonsavan literally means "Hills of Paradise". Its original name was Muang Phouan. A population of 37,000. Its lush green forest, with pine trees everywhere, rugged kartz formation, valley with plenty of rivers, caves and waterfalls. People are friendly, mostly agricultural and livestock. Peaceful and breathtaking. People have other names for this place. I called this place, The Swiss of The East.
About two kilometres from the town, there is a plateau which was named Unesco World Heritage. It is the Plain of Jars. It is about 2500 years old, a megalithic archaelogical landscape, scattered at the low foothills and uphill valley. The archaelogists has discovered prehistorical burial artifacts and human remains. There are about 400 jars discovered this moment.
In the morning, we went to the market, met some monks in safron robes, collecting alms and food. Such practices can be seen in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. They are known as the Theravadas. Self Cultivation. They are allowed two meals a day, breakfast and lunch by 11.00am. By noon, no more meals except drinking water, light soya drinks, milk or bean (blended)
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Best time to go is in the rainy season, sometime in September to December.
The common indigenious people are the Hmongs. There are Thais, Chinese, Viets and other indigenious group that I have no record of.
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