Plain of Jar, Xieng-Khouang

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  • Location: Xieng Khuang province
  • Dated: The Iron Age ((500 BC to AD 500)
  • Status: UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Get in: By plane/by bus

The Plain of Jars located in the central Laos, is one of the most mysterious and unexplained primitive places of Southeast Asia. This place contains huge stones of unidentified prehistoric origin spreading hundreds of square kilometers around Phonsavan, giving the area named Plain of Jars.

The Plain of Jars located in the central Laos, is one of the most mysterious and unexplained primitive places of Southeast Asia. This place contains huge stones of unidentified prehistoric origin spreading hundreds of square kilometers around Phonsavan, giving the area named Plain of Jars.

The atmosphere around the Plain of Jars is creepy and solemn, similar to the feeling at Easter Island or Stonehenge. These stone jars come into view in groups, arranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars, lying at lower foothills nearby the central plain and highlands. It is said that a sobering reminder has been standing among the unknowable jars that we the human beings cannot understand. There is only one giant jar which is located at the site near to town and most attracted to tourists, has an impressed liberation of a human with knees bent and arms reaching to the sky.

The Plain of Jars gets the whole ingredients to arouse the mind's eye. It is believed to be created by Indian tribes for more than 2000 years blended with vagueness and legend, lacing with maneuver and misfortune. This is absolutely a peculiar collected works of primeval tubes across the countryside of Xieng Khuang province. These sites, and their right of entry paths, are defined by red-and-white marker stones which wait on the white side to keep away from a horrible shock.

Plain of Jars of course is the area being most visited by travelers. Sites 1, 2 and 3 form the bases of most tour loops, especially the first stop called Site 1 is a must-see for everyone to observe the beautifully decorated jars so far. Site 2 is accessible from Site 1 by motor biking or going on a tuk-tuk ride while Site 3 can be reached by an effortless hike.

Remember that the one way to enjoy the beauty of this landscape is to do so at your own pace and contemplate in your own thoughts.

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