Our mammoth bus journey!
Trip Start Nov 25, 2004
169Trip End Jan 26, 2005
We really wanted to go to the Plain of Jars in Phonsaven which is an area with sites where huge stone jars have been discovered and no-one really knows what they were used for. Rumour has it that an army general used them to make rice wine for his troops but theres loads of different stories flying around...bit like stonehenge really! But anyway we were planning to head here on our way back up North! Now that we had to cross the border to the east of Vientiane there was not much point in us going up north again so we decided to take a hit for the team and get a bus to Phonsaven (Plain of Jars) from Vientiane
The Plain of Jars themselves were really interesting! If we're both being honest when we got to Site 1, I think we were both abit disappointed probably as we'd travelled such a long way to get there but there wasn't really much there!!! Luckily though Sites 2 & 3 were amazing and set on fantastic landscapes in the middle of no-where. The other shocking thing about this area is that it is the most bombed area in Laos. There are still thousands of unexploded bombs in the area and a guide has to accompany you everywhere. The figures are alot better now but at one time they estimated about 10 deaths a week with 40% of them being children!! Terrible!!! There are bomb craters everywhere as well! Really makes you think how lucky we are!
Anyway...onto more lighthearted stuff
As it happened we had a really nice evening and a few beers later we were on track again! The bus journey back was great fun with our renegade bus driver who was determined to make everyone sick! He succeeded much to his amusement! We just felt sorry for his right-hand man who had to give out the sick bags! Great job! We also discovered the meaning of 'riding shotgun' as all the buses are equipped with their own security man adorned with an AK47! Nice!