PHONSAVAN (XIENG KHUANG) LAOS

Area Code 061, black $1=7530kip 1B=200B, Mar 10, 00

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Xieng Khuang is a small town in N Laos. It has one main attraction - Thong Hay Hin - the 'Plain of Jars', a huge plateau, 10km SE. of the city, where many mysterious huge bottled shaped stone pots were discovered. However most travelers were disappointed and thought the plain of the Jars cannot be justified with the hard journey they had experienced.
Apart from the Plain of Jars, there are a few nice local markets, hot springs and poppy fields in November.

The most practical access to the town is by air. The overland journey is very hard. From Vientiane or Luang Prabang, you go to Pokune on the route 13, then take very bad road to Phonsavan for 6-14 hours. This route is very new for foreigners. There seems to be the possibility of robbery. The bus is guarded with guns. From Luang Prabang you can also take the N route which takes 2-3 days.

The area code has been changed to 061 and the most of the telephone numbers have been changed.


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