Rte 7 to Phonsavan

Laos Map | 2007/08 Asia Trip Itinerary | Home Page 5 of 11 | Page Up | Page Down  
We were travelling in a mini bus heading for The Plain of Jars with only two comfortable seats between eight of us.   There was a lot of changing around.   We started in pleasant flat countryside outside Luang Prabang but were soon on tortuous mountain Routes #13 and #7.  Only saw one group of Hmung armed with rifles and they were busy with an overturned truckload of motorbikes

Villages front on to the edge of the busy highway

And cling to steep ravines at their rear

Young children were the most happy to see us, babies and toddlers were wary, adults went about their business
Old ladies and children stood by the highway offering dead rats (I think) for sale.    Not sure what we were expected to do with them.
The drive was very uncomfortable but incredibly scenic

The last 50 km were flat, quiet and uneventful

Phonsavan

The area around Phonsavan is littered with French, Chinese, American, Russian and Vietnamese made ordinance, a souvenir of over 100years of warfare.Bomb casings are in evidence all over town.   This one is in front of our hotel.  On the balcony they were using others as BBQ's.  We saw them in use as pig troughs , planters, fire pits, fence posts, etc.   Other military scrap is used for the making of prosthetic limbs
Welcome to Phonsavan with it's colourful market, beautiful children and an eccentric sense of decor
Adults were less likely to consent to be photographed in northern regions but would make exceptions for their babies

We were at the market to buy fruit, juice and snacks for our expedition to the Plain of Jars next day
Laos Map | 2007/08 Asia Trip Itinerary | Home Page 5 of 11 | Page Up | Page Down