The Mysterious Plain of Jars – Phonsavan, Laos

When I was in Laos I had read about the Mysterious Plain of Jars and decided that I had tot go there even though it was a big detour on the route I was planning. I don’t hear many tourists about them but I really wanted to see that mystery!
It is located in an area in the highlands of Laos. It is still a mystery what the jars meant to be, where they were used for. There are a couple of sites you can visit. I choosed to do Jar Site 1 and 3, on 3 there are 150 jars. On the site of 1 is a long area where several hundreds jars were found.

Voor de  Nederlandse versie van De Mysterieuze Vlakte der kruiken- Phonsavan, Laos

The Mysterious Plain of Jars

Phonsavan – Laos

The Mysterious Plain of Jars

To get there we hiked a short but very nice scenic hike across some paddy fields and farmland. I liked that a lot!! You get the feeling of a country and its culture so much better being outdoor and hearing the noices and feeling the weather against your skin!

The Mysterious Plain of Jars 
Walking to site 3
The Mysterious Plain of Jars

And then all of a sudden you come by a plain. A plain in that great Laotian landscape and you see a couple of jars… and you see some more.. and still more…

The Mysterious Plain of Jars

The Mysterious Plain of Jars

 The Mysterious Plain of Jars

 Can you imagine walking in between

the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

The Mysterious Plain of Jars

 Plain of Jars – Phonsavan

In the Second Indochina War, Laos has been bombed a lot. And Phonsavan is one of the most heavily bombed places in the world. Still most of those bombs are there, they work hard to make it safe but still every year an average of 60 people die due to unexploded bombs.

The Mysterious Plain of Jars
Bomb craters from the war 1964 – 1973

Tip: Be Aware of your surroudings and stay on the marked path!!

When I took my trip there our guide told us to stay on the path because of those bombs. Everywhere I saw markers to lead us on the clear path. On the markers it says MAG, Mines Advisory Group.

When I took my trip there our trip leader told us to stay on the path because of those bombs. Everywhere I saw markers to lead us on the clear path. On the markers it says MAG, Mines Advisory Group.
Lao workers having a break

The biggest jar is located on Site 1. It is a really big one, standing besides it you feel small. You start wondering how they even managed to build the thing? And maybe relocating it even??

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan
Looking in one of the mysterious jars is not easy!! Do you see how big it is?

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan

The Mysterious Plain of Jars – Phonsavan

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan

Plain of Jars – Phonsavan, Laos

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan
Some of the jars even had lids. So you tend to think they were used to store food or other goods

In the background you see some buildings and other recourses. They build a airport over there. It is because of the tourism in that area that they unfortunately build it in sight of the main tourist attraction..

Booking a trip:

As soon as you enter the village by bus or by plane you will be spoken to by guides that offer you trips. Make sure not to book immediatly but let them come by your hostel/hotel later that evening. That was my luck because at that time I had spoken to an Belgium couple who ofcourse were there for the same reason and we booked together. For me so much nicer…not going alone on a trip and it saves a lot of money!! They will try to let you book alone and don’t want you to combine with other touritst. This is my experience back in 2012.

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan
Phonsavan is not much more then the big city where the tourist stay and eat when they visit the Plain of Jars. It was a calm and quiet city!

Surroudings:

In Phonsavan I ate at Bamboozle, very nice and good restaurant. It has WiFi, I think that does it for me. But the food was great also!! You can sit on chairs with tables ofcourse…but also lounge at the lounge area which is very relaxing!! This restaurant was located across the street from the Nice Guest House where I stayed two nights. Didn’t use the shower there, bathroom was to small. Bed was good!! I am happy to went there although it was 8 hours by bus from Luang Prabang.

The Mysterious Plain of Jars - Phonsavan
The area where the Mysterious Plain of Jars is…. Doesn’t it look great?

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The Mysterious Plain of Jars

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