The mysterious Plain of Jars in Phonsavan
I leave Luang Prabang by bus to discover the Plain of Jars, a marvel unique in the world. The archaeological site of the Plain of Jars is exceptional and attracts more and more travelers. It is located near the town of Phonsavan, in the province of Xieng Khouang, on a plateau at 1000 meters altitude.
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars still remains an unusual site and full of mystery. Researchers do not yet have any real explanation as to their provenance or their exact utility. Some tracks however exist, they could serve as storage of food or fermentation tanks for the production of rice alcohol, the most credible hypothesis is that they could have served as funerary urns. The jars all of different size are arranged without a diagram.
A marked trail indicates that the path has been cleared in depth and can be safely traveled. Beyond the white signals , only the surface has been controlled, while beyond the red signals, it is at our peril. There are still many unsuspected bombs in the area and only 3 areas are open for visitors to visit.
In this region particularly affected during the Vietnam War, many jars were damaged by American bombing. You can still see the huge holes left by the bombs in the ground.
The hilly landscapes that surround the plain of jars are beautiful.
On the way back, we stop at a local market and taste some culinary specialties of the region. I love the atmosphere in this market and the saleswomen seem to have a good time together.
The city of Phonsavan not having much interest, it looks like a city straight out of a western film, dusty and lifeless, I decided to leave the same evening for Vientiane, the quiet capital of the country.
When I arrived at the bus station, I was very surprised to discover that the night bus is a sleeping bus. The bus has been furnished with double bunk beds! It’s by far the best bus I’ve had in Asia!