Plain of Jars
2nd March, 2011
I'm thinking of visiting the Plain of Jars in Loas. Has anyone been there recenly?
Is it worth the visit?
Can I go there on my own, or would it be better to go with a guide?
#1 Posted: 2/3/2011 - 09:01
3rd March, 2010
Total reviews: 53
At least 48
I haven't been there since February 2008 - but I liked it a lot. I reviewed Phonsovan on this site, and though the town is not that great, I like the intersection of history here. The Plain of Jars is very interesting itself, but the UXO office in town is certainly worth a look as well.
A lot of us arrived together on the VIP bus from Luang Prabang and all booked up a tour together, so it wasn't a personal guide but a group - I found the information they had to share was good and it was a faster way to see two of the main sites since I only had 2 nights scheduled for Phonsovan area. If you have more time I think you can bike from site to site, but I'm not aware of a bike rental shop in the city.
UXO is still a big problem in this area, so if you go out on your own, go to well established locations and stick between the marked trail lines.
#2 Posted: 2/3/2011 - 11:23
12th February, 2006
Location United States
Total reviews: 47
At least 98
I haven't been to the Plain of Jars since even longer than Casey, but I really enjoyed my time there too. Casey's intersection of history comment is a great way to describe the place. I think the area is definitely worth a look if you have the time and are interested in history and getting a bit off the main drag. Cheers.
#3 Posted: 2/3/2011 - 11:35
22nd April, 2007
Yes I have been there and I really like the area. It is fascinating if you are interested in History. You can do the sites on your own after hiring a bike, but as Exacto says, be careful as UXOs are a problem.
#4 Posted: 3/3/2011 - 09:37
The jars themselves may not be as spine-tingling as the Taj Mahal or the Giza Pyaramids, but as written above it's an interesting region from an historical perspective. Plus it's a real crossroads between Lao and Vietnamese culture as evidenced by the cargo trucks/drivers and architecture. I also like the bleakness of the arid high country landscape and the ride out there is quite scenic. Better by motorbike but a local bus with windows that open aint a bad choice.
#5 Posted: 10/3/2011 - 21:33
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