Luang Prabang To Phonsavan, Laos and the mysterious Plain of Jars
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 14 of 17 › view all entries
February 7th, 2004 – by: oriel
Neither our driver nor his aide spoke English and we didn't speak Lao so explanations were almost impossible. Our first stop after leaving the Hotel, was a small roadside shop where our driver's assistant bought 4 0r 5 packs of cigarettes. Oh no, we thought, a smoker!! Later we would learn how useful these cigarettes would be.
We then commenced our long ascent into the Laotian highlands - home of the Hmong people - At the height of the mountain ridges, the Hmong villages began to appear - usually, a number houses on stilts with thatched or woven palm frond walls and roofs.
Once we understood the purpose of our drivers helper and the cigarettes, we felt a bit more secure. The driver continued driving through the Hmong villages without slowing down or stopping - leaving us with some fuzzy photos- but at least we arrived - alive - at Phonsavan ready to visit the plain of Jars the next morning.
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