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Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars June 26th 2018

2000 years old stone jars and 50 years old bombs In north central Laos there is a city named Phonsavan. We went there because we wanted to visit the archaeological site Plain of Jars and Phonsavan is the city of choice to do that from. The Plain of Jars consists of possibly as many as 100 separate sites where there are large stone jars standing or lying on the ground. Some of these sites are small, maybe having only a handful or so of these old artefacts, where as others are bigger with several hundreds of jars. The jars are believed to be between 1500 and 2500 years old. Only a few of these sites are today open for visitors and many of the other sites have not even been researched properly. However, a strong recommendation ... read more
Plain of Jars
Plain of Jars
Emma and a jar

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars October 21st 2015

We had arranged to be picked up at 9.00 am for our trip to the Plain of Jars. As the brothel party, rowdy roosters and The Cockroach Commotion had done little to induce sleep the night before it was not too difficult to make an early start and we had had breakfast, got yet more kip from the ATM and booked our transport for the next day all before 8.50. There are three main accessible sites for the Jars but as we were having an exclusive guide and the third site was a distance away we decided to focus on just two of them and hopefully be back in time for a restful afternoon. Our minibus and guide were punctual (a first in Laos!) and after we had collected the guide's sister (we were never clear ... read more
A jar, site 1
Jar with lid
Cave entrance, site 1

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars March 21st 2015

My pickup finally arrived at Laos Haven Hotel, half an hour late, in a beat-up old bus. He dropped me off at the bus station where I was told as I was the only person travelling from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan that day, I had to wait for the local bus travelling through from Vientiane to arrive. I couldn't pin him down to an arrival time - 'sometimes early, sometimes late' is as good as it got. So, the ticket I bought for a seat on an air conditioned mini bus has now become a much cheaper seat on an un-airconditioned local bus, but nothing I can do about that. When it finally arrived, I was relieved to see one vacant seat along the back row, which I claimed, and I was the only Westerner on ... read more
The Plain of Jars - Site 1
Hmong Village outside Phonsavan
Hmong Village outside Phonsavan

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars December 20th 2013

Aujourd'hui, changement de guesthouse. Pas de chambre pour 3, alors on se prend une chambre double. Un lit pour 3, au-moins on a des chances d'avoir moins froid et en plus ils nous ont prêté une couette en plus, eux. Un café vite avalé et on part pour la plaine des jarres. La Plaine des Jarres, ben, euh, c'est une plaine avec... des jarres. L'intérêt, c'est que comme les Moaïs de l'Ile de Pâques ou l'alignement de menhirs à Carnac, un grand mystère entoure ses jarres. Elles seraient vieilles de 2000 ou 3000 ans et plusieurs versions existent pour expliquer leur présence. Tout d'abord, il faut préciser que l'on n'a retrouvé ces jarres que dans cette région précise du Laos, à l'Est du pays, et que sa proximité avec le Vietnam fait que cette région a ... read more
Plaine des Jarres (site n°2)

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars August 15th 2012

So my sister Shanta and friend Manjula have joined me for the rest of Laos and Cambodia. I knew when my energetic sister arrived there would be no laid back traveling, as I have been doing up till now. Since she has joined me, I have been up at 7 am every morning and ready for breakfast by the time she has comeback from her early morning walk! The Plain of Jars in Phonsavan Laos were amazing and an intriguing tourist attraction. They were stone man-made jars in the middle of no-where, large enough to fit me in and a few others more. They were huge! What were they made for? Were they used as jam jars for giants? Did people hide in them..? Who knows and it remains a mystery! All the time we were ... read more

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars April 13th 2012

We had a brief stay in PHonsavan which was so interesting learning a bit about the Laos recent history, and the "secret" war with America. This area was heavily bombed for 9 years when America was at war with Vietnam and is still heavily affected by millions of unexploded bombs (UXO's). The Plain of Jars that we visited is one of the few sites which has been completely cleared, for tourism purposes and while we there we had to keep within markers so we didn't venture into uncleared territory. It was a very mysterious place with stone jars from 500BC which no one is too sure why their there. Archaologists guess that it may have been to do with burial rituals. There are myths of giant gods who used them for making Lao Lao (a famous ... read more
Paul in a jar!!
Plain of Jars
Rachel in a jar....

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars January 31st 2012

31st Jan ’12 Luang Prabang to Phonsavan (home of the Plain of Jars) Time to hit the road again, this time by tuk tuk (which was actually late this time) to the bus station and then by minibus to Phonsavan which was supposed to take about 8 hours. The minibus was a bit of a surprise as it was actually pretty large, newish and had only 8 seats in the back. The luggage all went on the roof and as there was only 9 passengers (1 went in the front) we all had a good bit of space. Not so good was the fact there were no head rests (and when you are jolting along for 8 hours this would have helped the old neck) and the small Lao boy who was travelling with us was ... read more
Plain of Jars
Plain of Jars
Plain of Jars

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars August 12th 2010

Thursday, 12th August Now then. Bus journeys. Usually uneventful and usually no-one gives a sh*t so I just gloss over them. Today's was testament to the absolute ineptitude of the South East Asian transport system so far it would be a complete injustice to every other transportation system in the Universe (including the cross Saturn X34 route) to not document it. It started early (as always), 20 minutes before scheduled. No I will not get on the bus in just a towel Mr. Busman. Waiting on the bus for us to show up was an Israeli girl with no ticket and was bullied onto this minibus in the greatest miscommunication since sitcoms were banned from mocking deaf people. She had a ticket for a real bus in 45 minutes, and the bus station is not close ... read more
Unexploded ordnance warning!!!
Jar site 2
Jars covered in bullet holes

Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars May 1st 2010

LAOS-PHONSAVAN-XIENG KHOUANG-PLAIN OF JARS... Xieng Khounag has been the only place I have to come where the weather has been dry and cool in 22 degrees Celcius...Hail the Lord...It brought tears to my eyes...I checked into the hotel and arranged for a ride to the plains. First to site 1 then to site 2. There are many jar locations. These two along with site number 3 are the ones that are open to the tourist. It was drizzling a little when we started the ride, but by the time we (The driver and I) got to the site 1 it was all clear and cool...They are impressive and their mystery adds to their magic and beauty...What was there purpose, how were they lifted to the top of the hills, etc...The area of Xieng Khoung was heavily ... read more
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Asia » Laos » East » Plain of Jars March 26th 2010

Ich bin in Phonsavan und es ist eiskalt! Nur 18°C abends und es herrscht ein eisiger Wind, so dass es sich noch kälter anfühlt. "18°C sind doch angenehme Temperaturen", werdet Ihr nach Eurem kalten Winter jetzt wahrscheinlich sagen, ich rede aber nicht von angenehmen Erster-Frühlingstag-und-endlich-Sonne-18-Grad, sondern von Mitte-August-und-seit-zwei-Wochen-nur-Regen-und-wann-wird's-mal-wieder-richtig-Sommer-18-Grad! Ich machte für einen Tag Zwischenstation hier, weil ich mir die Ebene der Tonkrüge anschauen wollte. Der deutsche Name ist eigentlich nicht ganz korrekt. Eigentlich handelt es sich um riesige Steinkrüge, die an drei Standorten in der Umgebung von Phonsavan scheinbar wahllos in der Gegend herumliegen. Sie stammen von einer Megalithkultur und sind ungefähr zweitausend Jahre alt. Ihr genauer Sinn und Zweck ist noch nicht ganz geklärt. Es spricht einiges dafür, ... read more
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