THE PLAIN OF JARS
The Jar Site 1
Jar site 1 or Tong Hai Hin is the most popular site, located 8 km southwest of Phonsavanh and by easily reached by tuk tuk or bike. Follow Rt 10 southwest, turn right the sight Ban Na-O and dive for another 2 kilometer; alternatively book a package tour at any of the local tour companies Yhe site counts 331 jars, including the largest single jar-side to have been the victory cup of the King Khoun Chueang.
According to local legend the Lao King Khoun Chueang (AD 6th century) fought a long battle against his enemy and liberated the local people from the oppressive ruler. The Jars were carved to brew and store huge amounts of Lao Lao which were drunk in the 7 month lasting celebration held in honor of victory.
Jars site 1 was of military strategic important during the second Indochina War. Trenches and foxholes, anti-air-craft positions and tank scrape can be found on the two raised areas and on top of the cave. Several bomb craters and damaged or displaced jar are a testimony to heavy fighting in this area.
A part from a plain of jars, visitor also can visit the sophisticated “War Museum ”which was recently built.
The Jar Site 2
Jar site 2 or Hai Hin Phu Salato is locate about 20 km southwest of Phonsavanh. The site contains 93 jars spread across two adjacent hills.
From the parking area, walk up the stairs on your left to the first group. A small plundered stupa can be visited future east on the hill. On the hill to the west a stone disc with an animal relief, possibly a frog can be found. Bomb craters surround the site and several of the stone jars show the impact of ground battles.
The Jar site 3
Jar Site 3 or Hai Hin Lat Khai is made up of 8 groups and is located around the village of Ban Xieng Di, around 10 km further south of site 02 The main group with some 150 jars situated on top of a scenic hill which offers great views of the surrounding plain and rice paddies. To get to the main groups cross the bridge after paying the entrance fee of continue along the rice field dykes to the lower foothill of the mountain, where a marked path picks up the trail to the site. The village has a small Buddhist Temple near the entrance booth where visions are welcome. The small restaurant near the ticket booth serves drinks and noodle soup and is run by a local family. A portion of the restaurant profit goes to the Village Fund which the benefits the entire community. The travel agencies in town offer to Jar site 2 3 often combined with a visit of Khoun Dist.