When I came to Laos, I knew that I wanted to visit the Field of Jars, a UNESCO world heritage site. I’ve got a hankering to visit these types of places, I’ve noticed – if UNESCO deems it a world heritage site, it must be interesting! And so, from Luang Prabang, I took a bus to Phonsavan, the closest city to the Field of Jars.
Along the road from Luang Prabang, you have some very nice views of the Laos countryside – the entire country is ridiculously hilly! It makes for a very bumpy and winding 8 hour ride, causing a lot of motion sickness. I wondered though, even though the view was amazing, how much of the scenery was pristine because it was polluted with unexploded ordnance?
These are chicken baskets, and pig baskets, respectively. The chickens seem to be fine, but I feel rather bad for the pigs, cooped up and unable to move at all. Yes, there are pigs in each of those individually-sized baskets to the right. PETA would probably have a fit.
– There’s also this phenomenon, which I’ve noticed both here and in Luang Prabang – the lottery ticket sellers. Late afternoon, a bit before the sun goes down, enterprising individuals set up small stands and tables along the roads, and sell lottery tickets. *shrug*
So overall, Phonsavan is pretty nice. But there was one major problem, the dust. I’ve always been somewhat allergic to dust and dust mites, which cause my eyes to become irritated, my nose to water, and my entire body to feel bleh. In my year of traveling, I didn’t have any problems at all, but then I got to Phonsavan. And unfortunately, Phonsavan is built right along a major road through Laos, so trucks are rumbling through at all hours, stirring up all sorts of dust. And so, I could only stay in Phonsavan for two nights, before allergies drove me away. But before I left, I rented myself a bike, and visited the Field of Jars!
On a side note, I found it absolutely impossible to rent a proper mountain bike, or even any bike with gears! The entire town only had single-gear town bikes. At least the view biking out from town was pretty good – though biking up hills on a single-gear is somewhat unfortunate.
Honestly, that’s pretty much there is to the Field of Jars. A huge field of jars.
– The selling of ‘silver’ spoons, utensils, and toys from downed US airplanes. Apparently this is a thing – metal from downed US planes would be melted down into spoons and other useful tools! Symbolic, too – weapons of war turned into utensils of peace. Swords to ploughshares.