North-East of Vientiane , the famous Plain
of Jars is located near Phonesavanh, the
main city. It is reached by plane from
Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Also Hmong
villages can be visited.
The second and third site of the Plain of Jars, about
25km from Phonesavanh, can also be visited
Xieng Khouang province offers the awesome
beauty, of high green mountains and rugged
karstformations. The original capital city
Muang Khun was almost totally obliterated by
US bombing and consequently, the capital was
Of several Muang Khun Buddhist temples built between
the 16th and 19th century, only ruins
remain. Vat Pia Vat, however, survived the
bombing and can be visited.
The main attraction in Xleng Khouang province is the
Plain of Jars. Stone jars of different
sizes, apparently carved out of solid rocks,
are scattered all over the plateau. The
biggest one reaches a height of 3.25 meters.
Researchers have advanced different theories
as to the function of the stone jars, which
are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years
old. According to local legend, in the 6th
century King Khun Chuang had the jars
constructed in order to store wine for the
celebration of his conquest of Xieng Khouang.
Alternatively, some researchers have
suggested the jars were crafted as
sarcophagi. This theory is supported by the
discovery of human bones and daily utensils
nearby. To date, the exact use of the jars
remains a mystery.
Approximately 52 km north of Phonsavanh, hot spring
will appeal to travellers in search of
relaxation. The waters of both, Ban Noi
(Little Spring) and Ban Yai ( Big Spring ),
reach a temperature of around 60 degrees