Meaning “horizontal City” this is a province that is located in the north east of Laos.It is about 250 miles from Vientiane. It is a large area of rolling hills and grassland and is the main maize growing area of the country. It was heavily bombed during the Vietnam war as American bombers dropped their unused ordinance off on the return from bombing runs.
The Plain of Jars situated here has been nominated for World Heritage Site status. A mystical place containing thousands of stone jars that litter the countryside. Nobody understands the history of these large jars. There are an astonishing sight, some are simply massive, over ten feet in height and hewn out of solid rock. There are approximately 90 different locations where the jars are found. From a single jar at some sites to more than four hundred at others.
The full area of the Province covers some 6130 square miles of largely mountainous landscape. The area is the source of many rivers and supports a rich diversity of wildlife. Tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, marbled cat, civet, gaur, Samber Deer, white cheeked gibbon, sun bear, black bear, Asian elephant, dhole and many more. Hornbills can be spotted in the wooded areas. It all makes for a truly exceptional place to visit.
The main city and center for trade and industry here is Phonsavan. Ever industrious, the locals manufacture spoons from the metal of unexploded ordinance gather from the surrounding areas. They sell them to tourists as souvenirs.