Jars, Jars and more Jars at the Plain of Jars

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Morning Chickens for sale
The following morning we set out on our day trip, all ten of us, who arrived on the same bus from Luang Prabang. We first stopped off at the local market to stock up on some food for a picnic lunch by the waterfall we were going to dropped by later that day. The walk around the local markets was an interesting sight, as we witnessed a variety of different meats and animals that we couldn't imagine consuming. Some included, Squirrels, a variety of birds, hawks, hedgehog/porchipine or however you want to spell it.

Our next stop was the Bomb crater field, were we saw many bomb craters dotting the nearby mountains and so fourth. Once again damn the American Government. We were surprised to see a LIVE Bombie on the field, one kick would of set it off and dozens of small metal bullets would of came spitting out as us and pearcing our body like bullets.
Little Hmong Girl singing to her self... so innocent
No wonder why the guys at the Guesthouse said it wasn't advisable to visit anywhere without a tour guide. Phonsavanh was the most heavily bombed province in Laos!!!!

We continued our tour to a Hmong village, where the local villagers have started to use the left over metal scraps from the variety of bombs as part of their households. We were even welcomed into our tour guides home, as he was also a Hmong from this village. There was an absolutely beautiful Hmong child, who was at first afraid of me when I approached her to show her, her picture. But soon after she sat by her house and started singing and never stopping, she was about 4 maybe 5, but nothing older and she was absolutely adorable! Her singing was amazing and so tranquil, I could of sat there listening and watching her for ever.
Hmong Village
Most of us took a whole bunch of picture of her and quickly said goodbye.

Nearby the Hmong village, was a huge untouched waterfall. we hiked down the mountain, to find a quiet spot (well everywhere was quiet, as we were the only ones there) and had our picnic at the foot of the waterfall. The hike back up was a totally unexpected ordeal. Instead of hiking back the way we came, we followed a different path through huge tree roots, along the waterfall, past the waterfall, through the waterfall and even up the waterfall.

Upon our return we faced the problem of trying to unlock the steering wheel of the minivan! It just wouldn't unlock! arghhhh... so after about 30 minutes of trying, the group of us decided to hike back towards the Hmong village and wait for another vehicle to pick us up.
The Plain of Jars
As we were walking up the hill, we heard a distant shout from the bus driver and to our amazement he managed to unlock the vehicle and he hurriedly picked us up, so we could go watch the sunset at the Plain of Jars.

The Plane of Jars, site 1 was the biggest of all three sites. It also had some great views and a not too shabby sunset. Site 1 housed the largest jar ever made. It is still questionable on who built the jars and what purpose the jars had, no one knows.... The plain of jars was still inundated with landmines and bombies and other unexploded ordinances, so we were thoroughly advised to STAY on the beaten path!!!
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Morning Chickens for sale
Morning Chickens for sale
Little Hmong Girl singing to her s…
Little Hmong Girl singing to her …
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
Foggy morning at Phonsavanh
Foggy morning at Phonsavanh
Dried Corn at the Hmong Village
Dried Corn at the Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Girl
Hmong Girl
Inside a Hmong house
Inside a Hmong house
Trekking down the mountain to the …
Trekking down the mountain to the…
Rice paddy fields in the distance
Rice paddy fields in the distance
Waterfall
Waterfall
Climbing the waterfall to get back…
Climbing the waterfall to get bac…
The van wouldnt start!!!!!
The van wouldn't start!!!!!
Little Lao girl selling oranges
Little Lao girl selling oranges
Bomb Crater valley
Bomb Crater valley
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Boy with an attitude
Hmong Boy with an attitude
Hmong Village
Hmong Village
Hmong Boys on the streets and bein…
Hmong Boys on the streets and bei…
Me at the Plain of Jars
Me at the Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
Connie at The Plain of Jars
Connie at The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars
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