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Plain of Jars

From the series “The Most Mysterious Constructions of the Planet”
Not far from the city of Phonsavan in Laos is the strange plain of the clay jugs - the undeveloped area, on whose territory hundreds of unique stone buildings are presented. The outline of these buildings reminds of the real jars. The difference is only in the impressive size. The height of the rock formations is from 1 to 3.5 meters, and the average diameter is about 1 meter. The weight of the largest 'jug' is about 6 tons. Whoever, and for what hundreds of centuries has created these unexplainable stone buildings, remains to this day the chief author of Laos.
It must be noted that all the stone mortars were cut out of the stone, which is atypical of this terrain. A lot of the interesting legends are connected with the plane of the clay jugs. As a legend tells, the locals used these huge mortars once for cremation of the dead. After the other version the huge stone mortars were used for rice and wine storage. The scholars have discovered that the age of the unusual stone formations is more than 2.5 thousand years.
Altogether there are almost 500 pitchers the suburb of Phonsavans. It is indisputable that all the huge stone mortars were carved out of the stone by hand. How the people did 2 500 years ago, however remains unclear. According to a Lao legend, the giants once lived in this picturesque valley, created by the gigantic formations. Archaeological research has been carried out in the valley since the 1930s. Every year the archaeologists discover the new unique facts. ... Complete sights collection

Tat Kuang Si

From the series “Most Fanciful Waterfalls of the Planet”
In Laos there is a wonderful waterfall, that deserves the attention of all curious tourists and nature lovers. It is the Kuang Si Falls, located in the surroundings of Luang Prabang province, and is one of its most striking and popular sights. The waterfall begins on the top of a steep hill and consists of 50 cascades, which alternate with incredibly beautiful basins of turquoise colour. Despite the fact that for a calcareous tuff such a number of cascades is not something outstanding, this does not in the least diminish the uniqueness of Kuang Si Falls.
The waterfall is located in a picturesque forest. Next to it some picnic areas are equipped. In addition, some waterfall pools are suitable for bathing, which is actively used not only by local residents, but also by many tourists. Fans of hiking will definitely not be bored. They can climb a specially laid path to the top of the cliff and admire the waterfall from a height. Next to the waterfall are still a lot of interesting sights, including ancient caves.
Particularly interesting are nearby settlements. Local villages are ideal places to get to know the everyday life of the indigenous population. Recently, a small hotel was opened next to the waterfall, so fans of recreation in picturesque natural places will have a great opportunity to stay in the reserve for a few days. The best time to visit the falls is from August to November. ... Complete sights collection

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

From the series “Top 16 Most Unusual and Original Parks and Gardens”
In Laos, travelers will have an opportunity to visit  the unusual Buddha Park. It is located in the immediate vicinity of Vientiane. The opening of the park took place about 50 years ago. It is not about nice exotic plants, but uncommon sculptures instead. Total in the park, there are about 200 statues of Buddhist and Hindu subjects, among which you can see not only the Buddha sculptures, but also incredible mythical monsters.
The park was opened in 1958, but apparently some statues look as if they have been created a few hundred years ago. In fact, concrete items were aged artificially to give the park complex a special kind of mystery. Besides sculptures, there are amazing landscape decorations. The park is very popular among tourists. It’s not difficult to get there from the capital of Laos, so the facility is not empty any day of the year.
The founder of the park is Bounleua Suliat, one of the locals and supporter of special religious movement, which is a combination of Hinduism and Buddhism. Bounleua Suliat invested a lot of personal resources in creating the facility. Many sculptures was built on donations. An admission fee for entering is about 1 US dollar. For this modest money, guests have an opportunity not only to walk in the park, but to make memorable pictures completely free. Tourists who want to visit the Buddha Park by themselves have to get to the bus station Talat Sao, which is located near the central market of the capital. From there, buses to the park go regularly. ... Complete sights collection

Vang Vieng Village

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
Vang Vieng in Laos is one of the most beautiful and, at the same time, one of the most dangerous places in the world. Vang Vieng is considered a youth resort. Many nightclubs, discos, bars, and other entertainment facilities are concentrated along the main street. More than 170 000 tourists from around the world come here in search of alcohol and drugs that are sold freely in this small town.
You can have fun all day and night. After dawn, young people head to clubs, and at the day many travelers prefer active entertainment. A huge variety of sports activities, including a rather extreme ones, such as rafting in an old wheel of a tractor are available for tourists. Such dangerous entertainment  became a cause of death of many visitors. According to statistics, more than 20 people are killed each year. The resort has a variety of hotels. Bungalows are considered typical places to live; many experienced tourists prefer this option.
Those who do not want to plunge into the atmosphere of continuous partying will find a lot of other amazing entertainment options. There are many natural attractions nearby, including karst caves, which are best to be explored with a guide. The resort has a lot of ethnic restaurants, but visitors should be prepared for the fact that virtually every restaurant offers a tricky pizza with magic mushrooms and the tea with marijuana. ... Complete sights collection

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