The Plain of Jars is an archaeological site located in the central plain of the Xiangkhoang Plateau in Phonsavan area. It is in the mountain range of Indochina in North East Laos. It is known for the megalithic or giant stone jars belonging to the Iron age over 2000 years ago. Thousands of massive stone jars of all shapes and sizes lie scattered, many of them still undiscovered amidst deep jungles. This site, discovered in 1930, is one of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Laos who come to explore these mysterious jars.
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The most popular and one of the biggest sites is Site 1 or Thong Hai Hin, located close to the town of Phonsavan. This site is home to more than 400 jars scattered over a small hill. The only decorated jar is found in this site, which consists of a Chinese stone painting depicting a human figure.A burial cave with human remains was discovered close to site 1, indicating that it might have been one of the vital crematorium sites.
The other sites are 2 and 3 located near Xieng Khouang.
Site 52 is the site with the most significant number of jars, located near a traditional Hmong village, which can be reached only on foot.
Near the hot spring in Muang Kham is site 23 and site 25 is located in Phou Kout District.
If you plan to rent a bike to explore the Plain of Jars site on your own, make sure you have sufficient fuel as there are no stations on the road once you go out of Phonsavan town.
There are very few options for food and drinks near these sites. So carry your food and water.
There are no public toilets.
It is strongly suggested to stay in the marked trails while visiting the sites. Venturing out of these paths can be dangerous as the places are still home to undiffused bombs dropped during the Vietnam war.
Carry sunscreen, umbrella or a hat as it can get scorching in the afternoon.
Also, it is recommended to wear good hiking shoes as it involves a lot of walking around.