Phonsavan the Plain of Jars

Trip Start Jan 07, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

        On the way south toViang Vieng and Vientianne there is a detour to a place called Phonsavon. The road takes you across the moutain tops to by some pretty remote tribes. I would have pictures but I was too busy trying not to be sick after dring too much on my birthday the night before. OOPS! 
   The town of Phonsavon is pretty simple. Just people and markets and transportation and dust and dogs and motorbikes and other Laosy stuff. The place is significant for two reasons. One is for the "mysterious" plain of jars. The other reason is because it was bombed to Texas and back durring the Viet Nam war. Lucky for me the famous archiological site was one of the most bombed areas here!
     Seriously it really sad whats still going on here. The people can't support their families by farming the land because every time they go out into the fields they get blown up buy some unexploded munitions. The are a was bombed every 8 minites for 10 years. 30 percent of the bombs didn't explode on contact. Now the locals are forced to go out in the feilds looking for bombs to sell as scrap metal. There is an organiation called MAG here trying to remove as much of the UXO (unexplded ordanance) as possible so the people can get baqck to normal.
      The plain of jars is really interesting but you need to find a guide who actually knows some stuff to get the real grasp. I strongly reccomend Nut (pronounced Newt). His father is the one who sought funds to develope the main jars site for tourism. Together he and his father have unearthered more archeological info than the local tourist bureau would like for you to know. They want to origions of the jars to remain mysterious believing that it brings tourists. In 2011 it will become an unesco world heritage  site and all the necessary funds will be released. I'll leave it at that for now. Maybe later I'll write more on the real origins of the jars. I bet you all just look at the pics anyway
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