Travel Blogs from Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

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The Plain of... whatever! We rode a motorbike!, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plain of... whatever! We rode a motorbike!

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... He says he was paid $6000 for one months investigation into NGO's activities by the New Zealand aid organisation. Instantly we prefer Phonsavan to Luang Prabang. Although it is no way near as pretty (it actually doesn't look too dissimilar to Diem Ben ...

The S.O.S. Orphange and School, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The S.O.S. Orphange and School

A travel blog entry by dane

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... The S.O.S. program runs an orphanage and a school, which are adjacent to one another.  We visited both while in Phonsavan.  Let's Go (which is written by Harvard students) stated that the orphanage had 800 occupants, many whose parents suffered ...

The Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by dane

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... nbsp; This is a theory held by others as well, but then he went on to say that he thinks the jars were large because the Lao people used to be giants, which allowed them to move the massive vessels.  The reason for the decrease in size over the last ...

General Phonsavan Blog, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

General Phonsavan Blog

A travel blog entry by dane

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... butchering a cadaver.  So we woke up every morning at sunrise to put in our ear plugs - my #1 travel necessity.   Phonsavan has a few decent restaurants.  The best part of the town is that despite the fact that the only people come to ...

Mysterious ancient monuments and the scars of war, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Mysterious ancient monuments and the scars of war

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... the base of some jars suggest that they were associated with burial. In the 1930s a French female archeologist had studied the Phonsavan sites and concluded that the dead were laid to rest inside the jars; however the Phetrasy family, who have done much ...

Turning Bombs into Homes, Phongsavanh, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Turning Bombs into Homes

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... trail could be deadly. Air America, the covert, plain clothes C.I.A. and Air Force operatives, launched these strikes, targeting Pathet Lao villages and the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which began in this province and extended the entire length of Laos and ...

Bombs, Jars and Silkworms, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Bombs, Jars and Silkworms

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Our main reason for coming to Phonsavan was to see the Plain of Jars. The countryside around the town contains several sites littered with hundreds of 2,000 year old stone jars of various shapes and sizes. It was a little underwhelming, less because of ...

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by goodrichodyssey

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We drove southeast (within the country, north of the capital) to the town of Phonsavan, which is the closest to the "Plain of Jars".  The pictures include those of the jars themselves and our travels on the countryside stopping at local ...

Plain of Jars, Phonsovan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... town. Usually it is very quiet but the Hmong New Year Festival was in full swing. There were thousands of locals and American-Lao people who had returned for this festival partying at the local stadium. Apart from them there were only about 10 western ...

Phonsavan, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Phonsavan

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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Well after enduring another 9 hour 'VIP' journey Phonsavan itself was a little disappointing. With nothing to do in the town, not even finding a place to drink, we intended to keep the trip here short and sweet and take in the 'recommended'. We took a ...

Ride to Phonsavan, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Ride to Phonsavan

A travel blog entry by dane

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The bus ride to Phonsavan wasn't miserable, but it was a little rough on anyone who suffers from motion sickness (like Lindsey).  We had paid a couple extra dollars for what was termed a VIP bus.  As I learned from my Super Royal Class ...

Hunger, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Hunger

A travel blog entry by dane

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I woke up early this morning.  Early for us at least.  I immediately felt pangs of hunger, but I didn't feel like waking Lindsey up and heading out for breakfast.  Nothing sounded particularly appetizing either.  Fried rice or noodle ...

How about them jars eh?, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

How about them jars eh?

A travel blog entry by will

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... , huge limestone mountains rose on both sides of the roads. Soon after leaving the main highway, on a smaller road bound for Phonsavan, the environment changed to treeless rolling hills, very similar to those I saw in Mondulkiri. It was a really amazing ...

Villages and Rice Wine, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Villages and Rice Wine

A travel blog entry by dane

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... he was and how much Lao-lao he consumes on a regular basis.  It was an interesting window into the male psyche of the Lao.  When he described the importance of drinking the local wine, he stated that any man who doesn't drink Lao-lao is a ...

The Plains of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plains of Jars

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... round with a bottle of Lao Lao home brew in a 7-up bottle. No thanks! We left slightly disappointed, mainly because of the journey to get to Phonsavan but also because there was no mention of a giant Winnie the Pooh in the explanation of ...

Potato Water, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Potato Water

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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5.48pm - random restaurant, roadside, National Route 7, Phonsavan, Xieng Khuang Province:- Maybe my senses are finally eluding me but I swear I can smell potatoes boiling. Potatoes. Boiling. You don't know how good that is. That's a smell that's ...

The Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... ago while I was half way across Australia on my own bike. He's STILL going strong on the same trusty Honda. For both of us to appear in the same restaurant in Phonsavan (the middle of rural Laos) at exactly the same time is.. well, what are the ...

Laos Homestay, Hin Boun, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Laos Homestay

A travel blog entry by tracy_coward

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Our group stayed overnight with a Laos family close to the Vietnamese border. The village only had one small street and we were treated like celebrities when we arrived, the children following us down the street like the Pied Piper. The family was very ...

Welfless !!!, Phonsovan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Welfless !!!

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... he thought the best thing to do was to just catch the bus and miss out on the Plain of Jars. We found a restaurant, cracked the Beer Lao's as this was going to be our last night with Welf, and ate shit food. At the end of the meal, the owner came over ...

The Plain of Jars and Lots of Bombs, Phonsavanh, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plain of Jars and Lots of Bombs

A travel blog entry by barrettbingley

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... stone jars, possibly previously full of dead people. UXO and bomb craters everywhere. And yet its a beautiful place: Phonsavanh, Laos. Phonsavan is a damn long drive from Vang Vieng, where I last wrote from and quite isolated. Its famous for the Plain ...

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan

A travel blog entry by jessnel

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... days we were there. Many travellers had only summer clothes. But worry not, some travellers found the discount clothing store in Phonsavan. Apparently, when we give away our clothes to charity in the States, a lot of these clothes are bundled up in ...

Day on a bus Vang Vieng to Phonsavan, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Day on a bus Vang Vieng to Phonsavan

A travel blog entry by zoebuck

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... airbase rather than land with them. Hundreds of people are still killed by them and still find them to this day. The streets of phonsavan have old bomb cases outside shops, as benches, as areas to cook in, just everywhere, the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) ...

Bomb Craters and Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Bomb Craters and Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by zoebuck

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10:22 We're on the go again, after watching about the bombies our first stop is a bomb village of Na Kam Peng, near the Vietnam border. The main road is fine but the side road off to the village is poor and full of holes. One thing that is also a shame ...

Our mammoth bus journey!, Phonsaven, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Our mammoth bus journey!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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Now our plans all went to pot abit after Vientiane as we had been told that we could cross the border into Vietnam right up in the North close to Dien Bhen Phu (for those in the know!). We decided to double-check this at the Vietnamese embassy in ...

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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So i arrived in Phonsavan at 6:30 am, went to the market for breakky, found a guest house and by 8 am i was even booked on a tour to see the plain of Jars. Not bad going considering i hadn't slept all night eh. (I'm a machine! lol). When the tour bus ...

Another awesome road, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Another awesome road

A travel blog entry by fouritchyfeet

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... Well we have another nomination for top gear - route 13 between luang prabang and phou khoun and route 7 between phou khoun and phonsavan in xiang khouang province. The first part of the journey - never have seen so much diversity of scenery, as you ...

Jars, jars, jars. And don't forget the bombies, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Jars, jars, jars. And don't forget the bombies

A travel blog entry by chris-marianne

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... - Muang Khoun. This place had been literally bombed out of existence, hence the main town in the area now being Phonsavan. Bit of a clamber around a Buddha statue that barely survived the bombs (the Wat housing it hadn't) and we were off to the ...

The secret war and unexploded ordinance..., Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The secret war and unexploded ordinance...

A travel blog entry by fouritchyfeet

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... all about Laos and what part they played in the war, very insightful, things we had never known before, helps you also understand the Lao people and how hard it is for them to live here. Never knowing if a child or a family member young or old is going ...

Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by rachi.marianna

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Plain of Jars, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by derektrips

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This place was very sureal. These stone jars have been here for centuries and are a bit of a mystery. It felt like I was walking though a cemetery. The land mines have been cleared but it's still important to stay on the ...

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