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Aug 12, 2006 - Phonsvanh - Plain of Jars (Yep Big Jugs)

The bus journey from VangVieng took about 7 hours. Our bags were strapped to the roof along with an array of other boxes and packages, even the odd moto. We were pretty much the only backpackers on the bus; I had the fortune to be sat next to Pete. Dean and James were separated. When we first got on the bus there was no seating to be seen as we'd arrived just in the nick of time, but some locals were soon evicted so we could sit down. This may seem harsh, but we had booked our tickets (they hadn't) and we were paying 7.5 Dollars for them,...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Jun 24, 2006 - Getting forgetful - falling bathroom

As planned I went up to see these jars, and they were as I expected. Big stone jars in paddocks. The paddocks looked very similar to NZ too and it was the first time I had seen land used for anything other than rice and crops. Cattle are raised here and the hill tribes had been encouraged to do so to stop them slashing and burning any more of the forest. I was surprised to see the huge flat plains as we flew towards Xiang Khoang airport. What I had seen so far in Laos was very hilly. The plane was a small 17 seater, so very noisy and hot...

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Karen's Trip 2006

May 7, 2006 - Phonsavan (Plain of Jars)

This area in the Xieng Khuang province is one weird place. We joined a mini-van short tour with three other tourists from Luang Prabang (2 Canadians 1 UK) as we heard that the buses were pretty poor, and that the roads were extremely windy. And even though the road was paved the whole way, it still took nearly six hours to go 220 kms. The roads through the mountains were extremely windy as we had been forewarned, but of course the views were of fabulous stunning mountains and hilltop villages. These two windy roads we were on are the main...

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May 6, 2006 - Plain of Jars and UXO

The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia's most enigmatic tourist attraction. Situated in the remote north east of Laos are hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. Historians are still completely baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are and what they signify. They are, in short, jars of a deeply spooky nature. Whatever its ancient history, the Plain Of Jars has had a turbulent recent past. Thanks to its proximity to the North Vietnamese border, this area of Laos became of key significance...

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May 6, 2006 - Plain of Jars and UXO

The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia's most enigmatic tourist attraction. Situated in the remote north east of Laos are hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. Historians are still completely baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are and what they signify. They are, in short, jars of a deeply spooky nature. Whatever its ancient history, the Plain Of Jars has had a turbulent recent past. Thanks to its proximity to the North Vietnamese border, this area of Laos became of key significance...

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Apr 15, 2006 - Phonsavan

After our long journey we arrived in Ponsavan dirty, tired and feeling quite spaced out. We walked along the main road to find a guest house and we were approached by friendly drunk youths with black soot and buckets of water. There was no escaping as they cornered us with gleeful smiles. Our faces were politely smothered in black soot and we were doused in water - 'Now you are lucky for Pi Mai Lao!' they all shouted. (New Year continues). The next day, after a solid sleep, we were up to find transport out to the Plain of Jars...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Phonsovan - Plain Of Jars

Can you say " Long and Winding Road "...from Luang Prabang to Phonsovan - 7 hours of incredible mountainous scenery, yet so winding...arriving at the tale end of a monstrous thunderstorm. Made the tiltawhirl from Chiang Mai to Pai look pale in comparison. Discovered in 1930 the "plain of jars" is a somewhat mysterious collection of plots of large, heavy stone "jars" that are centered around 3 distinctive sites within 30km of each 10 to 30 km outside of Phonsovan. There is a trail of similar "jars" that stretch from India through Laos into...

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Mar 2, 2006 - Are Michelle's cards there? Phonosavnh, Laos

From Luang Prabang we took a sickening (for Michelle and about ½ the locals) bus trip up and down and round and round to Phonsovan. The place itself was a dirty ghost town. The purpose for the trip was to tour the 'Plain of Jars' and to finally to get Michelle's bank card which was sent to a family friend there by her mom. (We just found out that the cards are now on their way back to Canada as they never actually made it there. We've no idea why) The Plain of Jars is a large area outside of town where huge Jars made of stone (the biggest...

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Feb 21, 2006 - Xhieng Khouang - Phonsavanh

Xieng Khouang is the name of the province as well as its former capital. The scenery is of largely brown rolling hills, bare of trees. It was ravaged by carpet bombing during the Vietnam War, when the US fought the Pathet Lao. This was only the last, albeit the most devastating, of many confrontations in the area, preceded by fights with the Vietnamese and the marauding Chinese Black Haw in the 19th century. The UXO project - the synonym stands for Unexploded Ordnance - has cleared some of the area, but to finish the job the plans stretch...

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Laos 2006

Jan 25, 2006 - The Road to Phonsavan

...is a rough one. (Or, Why Gravol is God) I had read lots of stories about the bus ride, and how it is enough to make some people fly there, even with the only airline serving Phonsavan, capital of Xieng Khouang Province, being Lao Airlines (the dreaded Lao Aviation with a sort-of new name), but I couldn't make myself do it, so the road it had to be. There is no tourist bus from Louang Phabang, either. Just the local bus, about 8 USD. It was supposedly long -at least 10 hours- and as the busses which serve such remoter routes are not the...

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Feb 22, 2005 - laos-ponsavan...casi en vietnam

Hellooooo!!! Ya sabemos q hace mucho q no hemos escrito nada, pero ya sabeis como son estas cosas... son como los deberes del cole, cuanto mas se te acumula, menos haces asi q hoy vais a tener sesion intensiva!! De Phonsavan ya teneis las fotos asi q ya os haceis una idea de como es... Es tipico pueblo fronterizo en donde no hay nada... literalmente. Pero decidimos quedarnos un par de dias para ver la "Plain of Jars". Llegamos despues de 7 horas de viaje en un bus de los nuestros, los de mega lujo... En la estacion de buses nos montamos en...

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Feb 10, 2005 - Phonsavahn/Laos

We left Luang Prabang finally!!! Only after my neck and shoulders got a little better, could we leave................yes, I had a problem, unfortunately, with my neck!! BUT ONLY because I hit my head VERY VERY hard on the stupid little minivan that we took to go see the caves and waterfalls!!! GOD THAT HURT and still does, VERY BADLY!! We got on the first bus to a little town called Phonsavahn, near the border of Vietnam. We wanted to go south to a place called 4 Thousand Islands, but we had to forgo this idea simply because of time and...

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