Ban Phonsavan Things to Do

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    Bar View Restaurant, Phonsavanh, Lao.
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    Plain of Jars Site 1, Phonsovanh, Lao.
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    THE CREMATORIUM

    by davidjo Written Oct 28, 2014

    There is a cave at site 1 , Plain of Jars, which was actually a natural cave in the limestone. The cave was used as a crematorium and has two holes in the top which act as chimneys. Madeleine Colani was an archaeologist who did some excavation work in 1930's and found the evidence to support this.

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    BOMB CRATERS AT PLAIN OF JARS

    by davidjo Written Oct 28, 2014

    As you wander around the Plain of jars you will see many bomb craters. 262 million cluster bombs were dropped on the Plain of Jars, 2 million tonnes in the whole of Laos, with 580,000 bombing missions.

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    climb the hill in town

    by davidjo Updated Oct 28, 2014

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    Spend a couple of hours visiting the Vietnam and Lao war memorials, both located on adjacent hills 30 minutes from the town centre. It is a short climb to each of them, and both offer good views over the town. The Vietnamese memorial consists of a stupa but the Lao memorial is more impressive and perhaps a more interesting climb. The stupa is said to contain the bones and ashes of dead Vietnamese fighters who died in NE Laos and was built in 1998.

    Vietnam War Memorial

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    LOOK FOR GOLDEN RASPBERRIES

    by davidjo Written Oct 28, 2014

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    We were most surprised to find children with this fruit when we climbed the hill where the Laos and Vietnamese War Memorials are located. The children showed us where to find the fruit so we could pick a few for ourselves. Actually they grow all over the hill, and they tasted just like raspberries. I might add that we were in Phonsavan in May if you are planning on searching for them.
    The botanical name is Rubus Idaeus and grow on a bramble type of shrub. The berry has the same characteristics of a raspberry except for the color

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  • UXO SURVIVOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    by Jagster Written Oct 26, 2013

    The UXO Survivor Information Centre is operated by the Quality of Life Association (QLA) which is a provincially registered not for profit organisation that provides support for UXO survivors. They cover the cost of medical treatment and manage a range of livelihood training initiatives to help UXO survivors to have a sustainable livelihood after their accident. The QLA team and also their Board of Directors are Lao nationals, some of whom are UXO survivors themselves, which makes this local organisation a bit of a stand out. The Centre has an exhibition with information about the various programs and short stories about some of the people they have helped. The Centre also has a small shop where they sell handicrafts that have been made by UXO survivors and UXO affected communities. The proceeds go to UXO survivors and towards buying more materials for making more products. Fifty percent of the contributions to the donation box are used for payment of medical bills and the other fifty percent is used to keep this very special organisation running. Well worth a visit. Open all week, Mon & Tues until 4pm, Wed to Sun until 8pm.

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    RUSSIAN TANK OR OLD HUNK OF JUNK

    by davidjo Written Mar 9, 2012

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    We rented a motorbike and after visiting the Plain of Jars we went in search of the Russian Tank, and sure enough there was a sign Russian Tank) pointing to a track, and sure enough we went belting down the track in search of the famous tank. The track split several times and it was a little muddy and we seemed to have reached a dead end and had not yet seen the tank. So we turned back and when we reached the main road again my wife spotted the tank. There was just the shell left and all the accessories had been removed for scrap metal, and it is quite difficult to see from where the sign was. The Russian Tank was a great disappointment, suggest you give it a miss.

    JUNK WE MISSED IT

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    PETANQUE

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    The Lao people enjoy a game of petanque, brought here by the French and it is interesting to watch them play. Large amount of money can change hands as bets can be considerable. Don't be tempted to play with them as you will lose. Late afternoon you will find them playing in the parks or any spare piece of flat ground.

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    UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    There are several organisations dealing with the removal of unexploded ordinance and helping the disabled who have lost limbs due to this. They have displays and offer free documentaries at certain times of the day. One can't failed to be moved by this as there are still many locals each year affected and injured by unexploded bombs that were dropped 40 years ago. Australian organisation are training locals to remove them from the countryside but there job will last many more years as millions are left. Give generously to the donation box.

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    PROVINCIAL TOURIST OFFICE

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    The tourist office should be visited, only to see the selection of bombs, grenades that are stock-piled in their yard. There is a foto exhibit, but not much literature on hand, couldn't see any staff the day we visited. It is only a 10 minute walk from the market.

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    ENJOY VIETNAMESE COFFEE

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    Near Diethelm Tours there is a Vietnamese coffee shop, which is worth a visit to taste the traditional coffee. The cup will come complete with its own filter (buy a few from the market to take home, it's a wonderful device). A pot of tea is also served with the coffee. Don't leave without trying this, and savour the taste.

    COFFEE- WONDERFUL COFFEE

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    BUSY LOCAL MARKET

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    The local market is a vibrant and colourful place and comes alive early morning and again in the late afternoon as the locals purchase food for their evening meals. There are many local products made of bamboo or rattan, many snacks available, including bread baguettes, of course. Locals are friendly and don't mind having their foto taken

    handicrafts colourful vegetables the road approaching the market

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    MULBERRY FARM

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    A few kms west of the centre is a mulberry farm where the staff will show you the whole process, from the silkworms to the weaving. The silkworms are fed on mulberry leaves, and the threads of silk are unwound then spun together. Drinks are available and there is a small souvenir shop. This business helps to support some of the local women and is free to visit, but there is a donation box if you feel inclined to help out.

    silkworms feasting on mulberry leaves mulberries silk worms feasting on trays of mulberry leaves

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    PLAIN OF JARS

    by davidjo Written Feb 27, 2012

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    Although The Plain of jars is extremely interesting you may consider renting a motorbike for the day, several establishment will rent bikes for around $5 near the centre. it is very easy to find the sites and once you have seen one, it's probably enough. When you get to the various sites parking is safe.

    unexplained mysterious jars
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    Help to clean the country from dead

    by aisafatima Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Don’t forget to visit the office of MAG Mines Advisory Group. Their slogan is: Save lives Build futures. There are some panels with very interesting information about what some people with foreign funds is doing to clear mines from the country. You can learn what bombies has represented for the future of the country. You can buy some nice articles (no bombs) to help economically in their projects. They have a very nice T-shirt at 10 dollars, which I recommend. People inside are very nice. weekdays 8:00-16:00

    MAG Office in Phonsavan Bomb used to made a fence Marks to indicate de safe area to walk
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    Can somebody help me here?

    by planxty Updated Jan 27, 2010

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    When I visited the old capital of Xieng Kouang on riding into the built up area I noticed a chedi sat on a hill overlooking the road. I decided to go and have a look by riding up a small track to the left and going the rest of the way on foot, although I later discovered there was another track that went right up to it which was evidenced by the young man roaring about on his scooter in an obvious attempt to impress a couple of young ladies who were also there.

    I have tried in vain both by asking locally and use of the internet but I can find absolutely no information about this place, so I am not in a position to give much background to this tip. There is not really that much to do or see in the old capital but this place is worth a visit with it's slightly decaying structure and the hill it stands on affords decent views of the surrounding area.

    Update, the same day.

    How incredbly stupid of me. The one place I didn't look was VT and, of course, I found the answer there. If you go to picek's excellent Phonsavan page, all the details are there. I am not going to blatantly plagiarise them here.

    Chedi, Xieng Kouang, Lao.
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