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Jan 31, 2012 - Nong Khiew

31st January Took a minibus back into Luang Prabang. We made a deal in which for extra dosh we could reserve the front seat and one behind the driver. Of course when we got to the bus station there was no such thing. Fortunately I was on board early and so got good seats anyway. So journey started with a whole family in the front seat and 6 adults and kids across the back. Hadn't gone 5 minutes before a lady in the back and the front seat lady threw up and thence it continued for the whole journey. Poor things, their constitution does not...

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Jan 29, 2012 - continued travels in Laos

26th January For the last three days we have been doing a multi activity tour into the countryside. You book these things not knowing what to expect or who you are going to be with. So the day started well when we met Fiona, a charming, intelligent Irish girl and got better when we met Graham, who is teaching English for the British Council school in Hanoi. We duly chatted and then we got into the mini bus with 2 more men to go and pick up our mountain bikes. Our nice young guide then said we could leave anything we wanted in the bus rather...

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Nov 7, 2010 - Phonsavanh, Laos

Arrived 7th November - Departed 9th November Arriving in Ponsovan felt really good as there were atually people around and some westerners too! We wanted to visit an orphange while we were here so we hired push bikes and cycled out to . We then cycled to the first plain of jars. Anyone who knows anything about the plain of jars knows more than they do here! Basically, a field with a load of stones shaped like jars dotted about. Noone knows what they are, what they were used for, how long they been there! Pretty dull to be fair. We decided...

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Flip flop's tour

Aug 6, 2010 - Phonsavan

Auf halber Strecke zwischen Luang Prabang und Vang Vieng kann man einen Abstecher in den Osten machen, nach Phonsavanh. Dort herrscht eine Art Wild West Feeling. Die Leute parken ihre Pickups wie Pferde halb auf der Strasse, wenn es abends in die Kneipen und Restaurants geht. Es ist schmutzig und es gibt eigentlich nur die eine grosse Strasse, die durch die Stadt fuehrt und bei der man nur drauf wartet, dass so ein Staubknaeuel vom Wind durch die Gegeng getrieben wird. Aber die Touristen kommen auch nicht wegen der Stadt, sondern weil in...

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May 30, 2010 - Phonsavanh

Jour 27 Nous louons un motobike pas cher mais tout pourri pour aller à la mystérieuse Plaine des Jarres. Archéologiquement inexpliqués, les 3 sites dispersés dans la vallée de Phonsavanh regroupent des centaines de jarres avec pour certaines des couvercles . Malgré de nombreuses études, aucune raison n'a put être donnée sur l'origine de ses jarres, leurs fabrications, leur transport jusqu'aux plaines et encore moins sur leurs utilisations. Il n'y a que des hypothèses: conservation de denrées alimentaires, cimetières?? Toujours est il que...

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Mar 28, 2009 - Phonsavanh and the Plain of Jars

I had to think long and hard about whether I wanted to make the detour to Phonsavanh, which is famous only for the mysterious Plain of Jars. Travelling in Laos is not the most comfortable experience, and owing to the mountainous terrain, the roads are always long, slow, poorly maintained and winding. The bus trip from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh is 9 hours, and the trip from Phonsavanh to Luang Prabang, my next destination, is another 9 hours, so you see my dilema! In in the end I decided that it was worth the trip, especially as I didn't know...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Feb 16, 2009 - Phonsavan -- LAST STOP IN LAOS

It took about 5 hours to get to Phonsavan. Jamie and I chose to take a mini van just to speed up time and to have a break from the local vomit busues. Phonsavan is my last stop before heading over to Vietnam, and a decect place to break up the travel time. The town itself isn't anything to write home to itself. The scenery here and the surroundings is similar to some parts of western Cambodia. The main reason people come here is to see The Plain Of Jars. There are 3 sites open to the public. The easiest and cheapest way to see the 3 sites...

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Feb 6, 2009 - Phonsavanh

Well we have now left the beautiful city of Luang Prabang and took a 6 hour road trip down the windiest road I have ever encountered. It was the most uncomfortable trip ever. We arrived to the small town of Phonsavanh which is a place that was devastated the most during the U.S attacks on this part of the world.... All things considered the people seem to be pretty friendly towards us. We arrived and checked into hotel in which we are the only guests.... We mingled a little with the owners and there family.. Had a couple of beers and then...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Plain of Jars

Farewell to Luang Prabang and hello to another long bus journey. The journey was slow with the steep climbs up the mountain passes. Luckily we stopped every couple of hours or so for pee breaks. I took a couple of Gravol pills to help with the motion sickness. I happily could read as the bus cranked along the road. Phonsavan was another wild sort of boom town. Not a attractive place yet we found a cheap guest house owned by a crazy Lao fellow named Kong who could speak english quite well. Kong convinced us to go on one of the guest house...

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Nov 21, 2008 - Phonsavan: The Plain of Jars (Laos)

A 'challenging' journey to Phonsavan, due mainly to the fact that we couldn't find anywhere decent to stay en route and so had to press on after dark, during which time, the temperature plummets and we got extremely cold. Although the views were quite something, such an intense dose of two wheels took its toll! Luckily, found the Maly hotel whose proprietor was pretty much responsible for getting the Lao tourist authority to open up the famous Plain of Jars. This is a strange place, spread over a number of sites, with the purpose of the...

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Nov 19, 2007 - Phonsavan

Another long journey from Luang Prabang on the public bus took us to the provincial town of Phonsavan. There is no VIP or air con bus to Phonsavan so it's funny to watch the other foreigners on the rickety old bus, especially when we pull over on the side of the road for a toilet stop! A little nerving on this bus though was the soldier that was accompanying us with his MK40 slung over his shoulder. A couple of days before when I was looking through the index of the lonely planet I saw there was a bit on terrorism. I thought surely not in...

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Feb 3, 2007 - Phonsavan

A long bus journey over the mountains took me from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan, in the east of the northern part of Laos. I remembered to get there early enough to be assured of a seat this time though! The day I spent there I went on a tour to see some of the effects of the war in Laos and also the Plain of Jars. The war was fought between 1964 and 1973, essentially between the Americans and the North Vietnamese, although the two sides used existing factions to fight a lot of their battles (the Hmong hill tribes in the case of the Americans...

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Geraint's World Trip

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