Phonsavan Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Local Culture
Member Reviews (3)
- PhonsavanFirst to ReviewJul 03, 2012
My odyssey across north-central Laos -- from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars -- was definitely the most adventurous four-day period of my life up to now. In the dry season, it's maybe 100 or 150 miles and supposed to take four or five hours overland, but that route is deemed too dangerous in the rainy season because of landslides and Hmong guerrillas.
An airline was making three round trips per week with a 40-seat non-pressurized turboprop. It was about 50 minutes and maybe $50 each way.
I wrote off that possibility as too easy and too expensive, so I had to take a route that was twice as long. It included several song thao rides of 5 to 20 miles each, a bus ride of maybe 50 miles, a 200-yard slog through thigh-deep mud, a night on a straw mattress, a night on a mattress with passable springs, one night on a straw mat on the floor of a guest hut, and finally a 20-mile ride in a Soviet-era taxi cab through a landscape that was cratered like the moon. The Plain of Jars made it worth the hassle ... but I was happy to pay $50 for the puddle-jumper on the way back.
Oh, this was in September 2000, by the way. I have no idea whether the roads are any different except that Google Maps won't let you plot the direct route from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan. I'm sure there are still flights of one sort or another between the two.
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