Xiengkhuang province is located in the northern part of Lao PDR 378 km from Vientiane capital. In this high land of mountainous areas is unique with its high elevation, rolling hills, expansive grasslands and plains. lAmong the most enigmatic sites in Laos is the Plain of Jars. Other impressive things are caves, hot mineral water and tribal people.
Plain of jars:
This mysterious place located in Moungkhoun district 32km from from capital city, Phonsavang. There are Hundreds of giant stone megaliths from 1 – 3 meters tall scattered throughout the province in groups
of up to 300 jars. Local legend states that the jars were used to make an alcoholic brew
to celebrate the victorious military campaign of an ancient king, but archaeological evidence suggests that the jars associated with funerary practices of a Bronze Age people that inhabited the area around 2,000 – 2,500 years ago.
This the oldest temple in Xiengkuang located about 32km south of the Phonsavanh provincial capital in Khoun district. This temple was used for royal, religious ceremonies. It was not only the oldest but it was also the biggest temple in Xiengkhuang. The temple was completely destroyed by US bombing during the war in 1964-1973.
This cave is located in Mounkham district about 55 Km north from Phonsavanh capital city. From 1964 onwards, the US Government and its cliques continuously intensified their escalated war. In Xiengkhuang, “the 3 raze operation”, was launched with the mission of “full killing, destroying and exterminating”. The war crime committed by US Air Force at Thampiew, 374 people was killed by 2 jet fighters on the 24 November 1968.
Thampra (Buddha cave):
The cave is located at Xieng Nga village, Poukhoun district, about 49 Km south from provincial capital, Phonsavan. The old and ancient Buddha sculptures have been here for thousands of years. Lao army used this cave as No. 103 hospital during the war.
Hot spring mineral water:
This wonderful hot spring mineral water is located 53 km in Moungkham district in the north of the provincial capital, Phonsavanh. There are two hot spring mines: BorNgai (Big one) and BorNoi (Small one). Visitors can enjoy a bath in natural hot spring, but the temperatures can reach to 60 C