Phu Phadaeng Hotel

Phonsavan, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep | Hotel
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Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by carrhaughan


... display of war ordnance – many different types of bombs from tiny cluster bombs to huge shells, plus grenades, mines, bullets of all calibres, rifles and much more. All decommissioned now, or at least we hoped…

Phonsavan is very close to the border with Vietnam, and was bombed very heavily during the Vietnam war. There’s a multitude of reasons for this but the primary one is that the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail ran from north Vietnam ...

The Most Bombed Country in The World

A travel blog entry by jasonandgaryn


... casings by turning them into bracelets and spoons to sell.

Our next stop is completely separate from all the bombs and even separate from the Secret War (which I will get into later). This site was the Plain of Jars. There are over 50 sites of the Plain of Jars, 7 of which are open to the public. The Jars are large stone (mostly sandstone) carvings in the shape of jars that were created by an ancient civilization which has long been gone. Archaeologists, a French archaeologist ...

The Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by paul_emma


... guided tour. Non profit, Organic and fair-trade Mulberry couldn't boast any more new age credentials. It promotes traditional Laos methods and employs women from over 350 farming villages. We tried our hand at pulling the Silk from the vacated coccoons and saw the dyeing and weaving processes. Sadly we couldn't cuddle a worm as they'd just hatched and were still tiny, probably for the best, Emma has a poor track record with things that live.

We popped ...


A travel blog entry by willandamy


... also see the UXO as a cash crop and salvage the metal and explosives using crude metal detectors bought from Vietnam. We watched a very scary documentary where kids were selling their daily finds at a shockingly low rate and the bags of UXO were just being dumped in a truck, if one were live and go off it would have tragic consequences. But the people are willing to take this risk because often it is the only way to put food on their table. The next day we rented a scooter and ...

Plain of Jars

A travel blog entry by hoponholiday


... field and some of the jars had been split open, I can only assume due to the impact (I didn't have a guide). There were also signs showing where the trench lines had been and MAG signs along the pathways in the fields letting you know that the area had been cleared.

The Plain of Jars certainly made the hike to Phonsavan worth it and I'm happy to have been here and have the opportunity to see and learn so much about Laos.



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