Showing posts with label Laos Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laos Holiday. Show all posts

Journey of a Mystery Hunter to the Plain Of Jars

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. - George A. Moore 
Mysteries have always attracted me, and I run to the places where I find something strange. As a solo traveler, I like to visit various destinations that are often not preferred by most of the travelers. Once I heard about the Plain Of Jars, a different and weird place in Laos. I started to read books and tour journals regarding this place and gathered all the information. I finally made my mind to visit this location and to solve the mystery behind its origin. 

My only interest was to explore Plain of Jars. So, I did not want to waste much of the time in visiting other places of Laos. From the Laos international airport, my journey was towards Phonsavan. I stayed there for one day and the next morning a voyaged towards the destination. Before going to that location, I collected information from the local people and guides. The history of this place attracted me. I was so excited that I could not sleep the previous night in my hotel room. I spend my time reading various journals of historians and archeologists who have previously visited the place. 

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I traveled to that place by bus as I thought I could get the glimpse of the villages and nearby towns of Phonsavan from the window of the bus. There were many travelers with me in bus. I was so over-whelmed that I spend the entire time in a bus taking pictures of the surroundings and discussing and sharing my views regarding the formation of the Jars. 

After getting down from the bus, I walked with other tourists and finally reached the most awaited location, Plain of Jars. This destination combines both ancient and contemporary culture that reveals the history of Phuan, Hmong and Tai dam dynasties. 

History behind the Plain Of Jars 

I had heard many stories about the formation of these jars when I visited this place from the local guides. I want to share some of the local beliefs and legends with all the readers. Laos’s legendary stories tell that a race of giants once inhabited this area. The king, Khun Cheung fought a victorious battle against his enemies. He created these jars to ferment and store huge amounts of rice. According to this legend, these jars were made to store the rice wine, and the local people used to celebrate the king’s victory by drinking the wine. 

Another local legend is that these huge stone jars were constructed to store the monsoon water for the nomads who can drink water. Some of the archeologists have found artifacts and beads inside these jars. The local people believe that the nomads offered those beads to pray to God for rain. Later researches in the early 1930’s have explained that these stone jars made for burial practices. Many excavations of Japanese and Lao archeologists in the recent years have supported this explanation. According to them, this place is one of the dangerous and mysterious sites in the world. The history of this place is dates back to the Iron Age. 

These jars have the potential to throw light on the relationship between the complex modern societies and megalithic stone structures and provide the glimpse of the social organization of the Iron Age. 

My Exploration of This Place 

There are about 90 archeological sites in the entire area. Most of the jars are suitable for taking pictures. I came across some of the sites that were excavated very recently and animal dead bodies, skeletons, and jewelries are found inside the jars. I walked the entire place with other travelers and examined every Jar. Each jar varies in shape and size. Some are massive whereas some are very small. I climbed up to the top of one big jar with lid. I took some of the pictures of the surrounding sites and with other travelers. I hiked from one site to another and felt the real mystery. Seriously, if anyone visits this place at night, it will surely be a dangerous experience. I felt goose bumps in my body while hoping from one jar to another. Evening came down, and my heart sank a little. I have to return to Phonsavan. 

My next few days spend by visiting some of the other popular landmarks of Phonsavan. After ten-day trip, I came back to my homeland. Still my heart longs for tours to Laos and mainly the Plain of Jars. It was a strange place indeed.

Found Our Love in Laos- The Magical Destination

“That honeymoon phase is so much fun in real life, when you meet and discover somebody new and fall in love and chase them. The pursuit. And that climactic final moment of ultimate togetherness.”

- Lucas Neff

When we were planning our honeymoon destination, we came to know about the attractive destinations of Laos. Then we decided to start our journey of love to this destination. We opted for this country out of the fact that the country is a secluded and peaceful place for traveling. And obviously this country has some instances of sheer natural bounty.

Laos- Strengthening the Bond of Our Love

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Being an isolated country without a sea beach, the country has no trace of deficiency in natural beauty. It was an unbelievable experience for both of us. Laos has done magic in our love life. Though we opted for customized tour, we have got much privacy to enjoy with ourselves. The country is like a honeymoon heaven with stunningly pleasurable destinations.

Warm Welcome of Luang Prabang

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If beaches are not the prime priority as a honeymoon destination, then Laos is a stunning honeymoon contender. It offers one of its kind experience to the love birds. We landed on Luang Prabang first, and it was an awesome welcome destination for us. We became close in enjoying this place’s attractive activities. The widest smiles of Lao people made us happier than ever. We spent some unforgettable time in exotic boutique style lodges here. For us, Luang Prabang is the ideal place to unwind after wedding. We have shared some magical moments of our life in Kayaking to Vang Vieng.

The Serenity of Vang Vieng

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This place is like a rural panorama from an Oriental Silk Painting. It was a true place for us to get closer. It made us crave for more. The experience of vivid, lush greenery to the adventurous cliffs was awesome. We enjoyed trekking together in this destination. Here we have enjoyed shopping in the rural market places. It was a place of ‘bargain, bargain and bargain’. We also enjoyed the drive in a rented scooter in the streets of Laos. We have gone crazy for tubing in the Mekong River. The jaw-dropping picturesque beauty of Nam Khan will make you go crave for more thrills.

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The stunningly picturesque spots have made our entire honeymoon worthwhile. The charismatic accommodations have made our trip a special one of our life. We have enjoyed a slow and relaxed pace of life through residing in these fantastic destinations of Laos. Laos Holiday had helped us to find our true love and made the bond of love stronger.

My Stint with Laos: The Land of Enchantment

 Finally managed to visit Laos! The first day of my ten long day stay in Laos, I woke up in the capital city of Laos. Backpacking through Southeast Asia, I had plans to enjoy the stunning waterfalls, healthy cuisines, smiling locals and Buddhist temples undiscovered by ordinary traveler in Laos. Most visitors spend one or two days in the capital city before heading back to Bangkok. But my visit to this land of delight helped me find the real gems of Southeast Asia.


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I planned to go easy on the first day at Vientiane. The city of Moon, I spent my day enjoying a leisurely walk on the streets to take in the feel of being in a relaxed and comfortable locale completely different from the crowded and noisy destinations. In the following days of my stay, I found this to be the friendliest place in Laos. A visit to the Golden Stupa, the biggest as well as the most magnificent stupas, I found it to be different from the temples and stupas in Thailand.

Vang Vieng

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Infamous for crazy parties, you need not be scared off. Though I was discouraged to visit this place, I found this destination has several other attractions apart from the insane parties. With beautiful scenic beauty, this place is perfect for travelers with an adventurous disposition. I recommend everyone to visit this destination if you are eager to get a taste of adventure tour in Laos. I had a great time climbing the cliffs, taking rides on tubes and boats and visiting the unexplored locales.

Luang Prabang

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The former capital, it is hard to miss the UNESCO World Heritage city. I loved exploring the stunning waterfalls and the caves here. The former royal palace, Haw Kham was worth a visit. The Golden Palace houses a sacred Buddha image kept in richly ornamented shrine. I also loved visiting Vat Xieng Toung, the oldest and one of the most extraordinary monasteries encountered by me.

Lao Cuisine

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The best part of my visit to Laos was tasting the delicious food. The food here is not just delicious but clean too. I loved the specialty cakes sold here. Enjoyed Lao coffee thoroughly, known as a high-grade beverage throughout the world and had a great time savoring the delicacies in restaurants along Mekong River!

I never felt I was visiting a foreign country throughout the trip. In love with the small roads, green row of trees, ancient temples and warm smile of Lao people, I plan to visit Laos again soon.