Onh the way back to Phinsovan we stopped off at the Old Capitol to have a look at the 13th centrury built Buddha & Chedi.
We enjoyed our visit to site 3 very mich. First we stopped for lunch at a small restaurant at what I assume is the car park for site 3. It was a lovely walk through the rice paddies to get to site 3 but it was very pleasant and scenic.
There are not as many jars to look at but t made a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. I could imagine in mid summer it would be very hot. We saw very few tourists.
There are 3 sites to visit and are all quite interesting in their own way. To be honest there are only so many jars you can look at. Site 1 has most of the jars approx 250 while site 2 covers the biggest area but only has approx 90 jars.
Our guide was very knowlegable and we enjoyed the day but it was quite intense.
Unfortunately we dont have the name of this restaurant I can only describe it's location.
It is down the main street on the right hand side as you come into town very central on a corner it is an open restaurant and if the night we went is any indication it is very busy and noisy.
We had a very vivacious waitress possibly the owner as she was an older lady we thought she had a good command of English but she could only speak what was on her menu. She laughed and made jokes making us feel very much at home given we were the only Westerners and we had to share a table with a elderley local chap. The average cost of a meal was 10,000 kip I cant remember what we had but we were all very satisfied.
Reputably to be the best retaurant in town and we found it hard to dispute this fact. The food was delicious but dont expect fine line and crockery!!! more like plastic chairs and tables. There were 6 of us in our group our meal consisted of 9 hot Milo drinks, 1 freshly queezed orange juice, 3 large beers, spring rolls for 6 plus 6 main meals with rice total cost 160,000kip. We all felt very happy & content. The service was pretty good I think the poor girl was fed up making Milo by the time we had finished but she was always cheerful and tried to chat even though her English was not that good but our Laos was non existent!!!
We stopped at a local market just outside Phonsovan that sold everything and more. We were the only Westerners but everyone was friendly and tried to sell us anything from pigs & chickens to fruit which we bought. Some of the things for sale we did not know what they were and it was difficult to find out due to the language barrier.
It is not the place to go if you have a queasy stomach as you can see some things are so fresh they are still alive!!!