Not so, Plain of Jars...in Phonsavan

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Friday, April 4, 2008

I have headed up back north again but east towards Vietnam this time...decided this way instead of countinuing down to southern Laos (can't see everything eh) and Cambodia...my route works better this way (you will see).

I am in Phonsavan and certainly glad i decided to see this part of the country, it's a different province and its lovely! With big rolling green hills, and pastures..reminds me a lot of the lake district in england actually.. both gorgeous! And amongst these rollings hills are the plain of jars, 3 different sites. They are over 2500 years old, quite large, around my height... just big rocky jars, around 600 of them i think.

The site only opened to any visitors in 2004 due to UXO (Unexploded Ordinance). Did you know that Laos is the most heavily bombed nation in the world ever?! True story!! And only 30% of the bombs dropped in the 60s, 70s dedonated so there's thousands hiding beneath the surface...especially dangerous to farmers or anyone digging up. It is estimated that so many bombs hit Laos that its equivalent to one planeload of bombs dropping every 8 minutes for 9 years. So they slowly continue to clear small areas of land..it's estimated it'll take 400 years to clear all bombs...true story! Anyways just a little bit of FYI for you before i forget.

So i am loving Laos for its spectular beauty in different regions with different landscapes and its people, very friendly. I am now making my way to the Vietnam border with a 10 hr bus ride tomorrow, 2 more stops in 2 different towns (im hoping) before i make it. Hang on...
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