Mainly known for The Plain of Jars, I recently visited Phonsavan, Laos, with the intention of satiating my ancient artefacts curiosity. Folklore believes the jars were used by Giants to ferment rice-wine whereas archeologist believe the jars were used for burial purposes. I’m still undecided…
Fortunately, at Site 2 I managed to see an ancient carving dating from 100-50 BC firsthand. However, the head of the carving was missing but I guess that adds to the mystery. I only visited Site 1, Site 2, and Site 3 as those are the most famous – I wasn’t aware of how pricey the tours are (upward from 30$ or 200,000 LK) so couldn’t afford to see more but if you can drive a motorcycle, that would cut costs!
Phonsavan was drastically bombed during the war so you will stumble across numerous bomb craters while visiting the sites. There’s actually a centre in the city where you can learn more about the bombs that devastated Laos – it’s named MAG and unmissable on the main stretch of street. The tour I chose included a visit to a “spoon village” where 50 families collect scrap metal from the war era to then melt in order to create mainly spoons but also other handicrafts to sell.
“Henry Kissinger is the greatest living war criminal in the world today, with the blood of millions of people in Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos and Chile and East Timor on his hands. He will never appear in a court or be behind bars.” George Galloway