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Muang Khoun

 
Muang Khoun Located 30 km southeast of Phonsavan. This town was once the Royal Capital and the centre of the Phuan Kingdom. Some might describe it as a shadow of its former self and they would be quite accurate in doing so. A few French colonial buildings still remain in the town centre alongside Watt Is Phum- home to a sitting Buddha. On the outskirts the ancient stupas tower over the city and the vistas surrounding the structures are well worth the hike. A few kilometers beyond the old capital, near the village of Ban Phai, lies a jar site; the jars are located just off an old dirt road and, unlike the jars at the three main sites, strangely enough they're built from granite. That Foun is the first monument that most people wil...
 

Xieng Khouang

 
Xieng Khouang In the north-east of Laos, lying across a flat high plateau is the province of Xieng-Khouang, most commonly known for the intriguing ‘Plain of Jars’. From the early 19th century until 1975, central Xieng-Khouang and the plain of jars was a recurring battle zone. It's estimated that more bombs where dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973, than in the Second World War. As a result, visitors are advised to stick close to guided trails as unexploded ordinance still litter the plain. The hundreds of giant stone jars, some as large as 3.25 metres high are strewn all over the plateau –carved out of solid hunks of rock from surrounding mountains, no one really knows why they are there. Theories range from the view that t...
 

Phonesavanh

 
Phonesavanh One of the last mysteries of Asia, the Plain of Jars, lies near to Phonesavanh. Despite many theories and speculation by archaeologists, there is no accepted explanation for the countless 8 feet high earthernware jars lying scattered over the plateau. Some of the jars were destroyed by the secret American bombing of Laos. A visit to area is enhanced by visits to the local ethnic minority villages of the Hmong....
 

 

 

 

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