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“Nice Landscape”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Phonsavan
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Nice Landscape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

The ride out to these sites makes it worth the trip. I did it by motorbike so I was able to stop at a number of places along the way. (Like the town of Muang Khoun just past them....some nice Buddhist stupas and relics there. The local people are wonderful to talk with as well. I joked around with some local kids while trying to get some photographs)

You ride through a number of fairly remote villages along country roads. Site 2 and 3 provide great views of the surrounding landscape as the Jars tend to be in the hills above the surrounding valley....so you can look down on a number of villages and towns.

Visited April 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“nice day out!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

we hired a motorbike and went to site 1 and 3. Then we visited the spoon village (Ban Napia) and the waterfall nearby. It is very nice to go on your own, you do not need a set tour. A recommendation: bring lunch!! we got a bit stuck for food...
we found the views in the area very different than the rest of the country, less mountains and more green fields... very nice :)

Visited May 2012
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Jamieson, Australia
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“Site 16”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2012

We went to site 16, out past the old capital of Xieng Khuang, Moung Khoun.
Just continue straight up the mountains past the broken bridge and its about 5 km on a ridge on the right.. if you turn right at the broken bridge there are hot water springs, not really suitable for swimming. The sealed road to the right of the really big and old Buddha statue goes on down to Paxan, and back up to Vientiane, around 6 hours if the rivers are low.
Pick up a map in Phonsavan. Plenty of food available in Moung Khoun.

Visited March 2012
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Bangkok
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“A fun archaeological mystery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

A great experience best enjoyed on a self-guided basis. Nobody really knows the true story behind the Jars, so the guides can't really tell you much information. Also the sites are well marked and easy to find on your own. The first site is 15km south of Phonsavan on paved roads. Sites 2&3 are another 10/15 km away on dusty gravel roads.

Beware of getting "Jarred Out". After an entire morning of seeing stone Jars at the three main sites, we decided that going to two would have been enough (I recommend seeing sites 1 & 3). The Spoon village by Jar sites 2 and 3 is worth a small stop to see how they convert old bombs into silverware and jewelry.

Visited April 2012
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“Giants, secret wars & megalithic structures....fully hectic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

In an age of mobile computing & outer space exploration, Lao’s Plain of Jars continue to dumfound experts in every field of archaeological science. Nobody really knows what they are! The closest anyone has gotten was a study in 1930! By a woman! A French woman! Ask a local & they'll tell you about giants! Who to believe?...the French or a story about alcoholic giants?

At 2,500 years old, possibly created by an unknown civilisation with iron technology who lived or traded across the borders of northern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos & Vietnam where Jars have also been found. It's possible they developed Iron tech completely independently from Europeans much like the Dong Son civilisation nearby with Bronze tech from the Red River Delta from 1000 BC.

Adding to the story, highly explosive cluster bombs from the 1970's litter the sites & could very well surprise you with a loud bang! You could find yourself waking up in hospital being called Lieutenant Dan. These bombs destroyed many Jars during America’s ‘Secret War’ & have virtually turned Laos into a minefield. Notice the landscape is devoid of tall trees, plants & wildlife, God bless America! The war is still officially ‘secret’ so they don’t really have to clean up their mess or answer for it, thats life if your poor.

The majority of Laos’s larger jar sites are located in Xieng Khouang province in northern Laos with the capital at Phonsavan within 15-20kms of the 3 main tourist sites. Phonsavan is easily reached from Vietnam from Vinh & is an approximate 10 hour scenic bus ride thru windy mountain passes & ethnic villages.

Visited May 2011
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