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Phonsavan

Things to see and do

  • The secret war and UXO
    4 stars

    Most people are very aware of the war in Vietnam and America's involvement there, but fewer are aware that a very large part of the war was fought in Laos. It is called 'the Secret War' by many due to long-time US denial of any involvement. The Communist forces in Laos were building and the US was ... read more

  • The Plain of Jars
    4 stars

    Covering a huge area in the centre of Xieng Khuang province, the Plain of Jars refers to the entire area the jars are found, within which there are three primary sites open to visitors. Each site holds clusters of large stone containers, carved in one piece from limestone. In total there are ... read more

  • Do-it-yourself activities
    3.5 stars

    The Xieng Khuang Tourism Office has produced a double-sided photocopied sheet called What Do I Do Around Phonesavanh Town. It details a number of interesting things to do as an alternative to the main tourist attractions. The information sheet includes regular sightseeing activities such as war ... read more

  • Muang Khoun
    4 stars

    Muang Khoun is the old Xieng Khuang and was once the provincial capital. The ruins of a temple are all that remain of what was once a royal kingdom, renowned for the beauty of its many temples and stupas. They have all been destroyed by years of pillaging by raiders from invading countries, ... read more


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