My Vientiane to Luang Prabang adventure took me to Xieng Khuoang located in the Xiangkhouang Plateau which is north-east of the country. The area has many rolling hills and grassland with a high altitude, the country’s highest peak is Phou Bia which rises to the southern side of the plateau at 2,820meters.
This was a Laos adventure I knew I was going to enjoy with so much history which I find fascinating. To start with it is estimated that more bombs were dropped here between 1964 and 1973 than in the Second World War. It is quite scary to imagine and we were all told to stick close to guided trails as many unexploded bombs were still out there. It is such a shame that a beautiful country like this has such a horrific history and the local people suffer greatly.
Yet with such a horrific past you will always see something great, I guess this is human nature. Out of nowhere you see hundreds of giant jars, yes jars! Some so big they stand 3.25 meters high and they are all over the plateau. They are carved from solid rock from the surrounding mountains and the weird thing is; no one knows why. So many theories, one being that they were made to store wine for a huge party to celebrate the conquest of Pakhanh City, however many archeologists believe that dead human remains were stored in them. Who knows, this is what is great about it and appealed to me.
This Laos tour was quite an intriguing one. So much more to see so after visiting Xieng Khuoang I ventured on to see the hot springs in the Meuang Kham district. Because of the altitude the climate is not too hot in the cool season and not too wet in the rainy. The landscape is quite beautiful even though somewhat marred by bomb craters left from the Vietnam War. My Laos adventure for the day had a nice end to it. Many believe the springs have healing powers and can cure skin conditions. You cannot stay on the spring for too long as the temperature can get as high as 60 degrees. A few minutes was enough for me, highly recommended though, you do feel refreshed when you get out.
I have decided to call it a day and head back from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Many more adventures to come.