Phonsavan Travel Guide 2023

  • Explore the Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features thousands of giant stone jars spread across a vast landscape. Their purpose remains a mystery, adding to their intriguing allure. Walking through this ancient site takes you back in time, allowing you to ponder their significance. Some jars reach the height of a person and weigh tons, baffling experts on how they were transported. Explore the countryside, visit local villages, and delve into the rich history of the area.

 

  • Explore the Tham Xang Caves

Tham Xang Caves in Phonsavan is a hidden gem in Laos! As you explore this labyrinth of caves, you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites that surround you. The caves offer a unique experience for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike, with several chambers to explore and awe-inspiring rock formations that will leave you in awe.

You can also learn about the historical significance of the caves, which served as a refuge for the locals during the Vietnam War. It’s fascinating to imagine what life was like for those who sought shelter here during those difficult times.

 

  • Visit the Navang Craft Center

Tucked away in the mountains of the Xieng Khouang Province, the Plain of Jars is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, captivating visitors with its collection of giant stone jars scattered across the landscape. The mystery surrounding their purpose adds to their intrigue. Take a journey back in time as you explore these ancient artifacts, some as tall as a person and weighing tons. Embark on a hike through the countryside, immersing yourself in the local villages and their traditional way of life. Uncover the rich history of the area and let the Plain of Jars mesmerize you.

Similarly, tucked away in the same province, the Navang Craft Center offers a wonderful opportunity to discover traditional Lao handicrafts. Watch skilled local artisans demonstrate weaving, spinning, dyeing, and sewing techniques using locally sourced materials like silk and cotton. Marvel at the creation of beautiful scarves, table runners, and bags. Visitors even have the chance to try their hand at weaving and dyeing, guided by experienced artisans. Expand your knowledge of Lao handicrafts at the Navang Craft Center.

 

  • Visit the UXO survivors information center

The Secret War Museum powerfully recounts the tragic events of the United States’ heavy bombing campaign in Laos, leaving behind millions of unexploded bombs. Discover ongoing efforts to clear these hazardous explosives and support those impacted by UXO incidents. Emotionally charged displays showcase photos and personal stories of UXO survivors.

  • Hike to the Tad Ka Waterfall

Nestled deep within the jungle, Tad Ka waterfall awaits, a hidden gem of natural beauty. Embark on a breathtaking hike through lush forests, adorned with wildflowers and vibrant wildlife. The well-maintained trail accommodates hikers of all levels, granting sweeping vistas and the melodic symphony of cascading water. Arriving at Tad Ka waterfall, marvel at its captivating allure as pristine water cascades down rugged cliffs, evoking a refreshing mist and serene ambiance. Take a dip in the inviting pool or bask in the tranquility of the surroundings, a perfect retreat.

  • Walk around the war memorials

Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khouang Province in Laos, exudes a rich historical significance. Deeply intertwined with the Vietnam War, which rendered Laos one of the most heavily bombed countries, the town offers an opportunity to delve into this consequential past. Discover Phonsavan’s war memorials, a solemn tribute to those impacted. The town hosts various monuments and memorials, such as the UXO Memorial Park and the New Zealand Memorial, serving as poignant reminders of the ravages of war and encouraging moments of contemplation.

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