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Phonsavan

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  • The secret war and UXO
    4 stars

    The Communist forces in Laos were building and the US was threatened by their ties with Vietnam, so it moved in to help protect the royal family from falling. It enlisted the help of the Hmong people, a hilltribe group who lived high in the mountains. It is now widely known that the CIA's 'Air ... read more

  • The Plain of Jars
    4 stars

    Each site holds clusters of large stone containers, carved in one piece from limestone. In total there are around 4,000 jars. It was unclear until recently what their purpose was, but it is now believed that they were funerary urns. Bodily remains have been found under the jars, while the vessels ... read more

  • Do-it-yourself activities
    3.5 stars

    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 memorials, lakes and temples, as well as visiting a local mulberry farm. Another sheet is called Explore the Hidden Stories ... read more

  • Muang Khoun
    4 stars

    They have all been destroyed by years of pillaging by raiders from invading countries, followed by the intense bombing of the war. There is no longer any evidence in Muang Khoun of the architectural style that made the kingdom so famous. That Foun is the first monument that most people will ... read more


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