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 curliesue has been a member since 2/3/2011. Posts: 1
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.
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.
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.