You probably have heard that Beerlao tastes like heaven, (and it does!) but have you heard of the mysterious "plain of jars"?
Well, i haven't, not until i actually came to Laos at least.
So we spent our last two days visiting this interesting and exciting (to me of course) place which is 9 hour-ride from Luang Prapang. My first impression of the place, Phonsavin, was PLAIN, bear, for there's hardly any trees or plants on the ground. (interesting enough for a redneck like me who's from a tiny little island) I liked the place immediately just because you could see far far away without any obstacles. And when we actually saw the jars, big big heavy stone jars on the hills, the story just got more interesting, because no one even knows what were those jar sitting there for. Nope, not even our tour guide could explain anything or answer any questions we asked. That's to say the explanations other than the ones we have already "kinda" gathered from the guidebook.
They are something like a.) the jars were there for celebrating an important war victory and people would put wines in the jars and had a feast. One saying from the Laotian historists. b.) the jars were there for the people to put the ashes and bone after death, some sort of funeral function. another saying from the European researchers who claimed that they've seen some remains of human bones and ashes. c.) the ALIEN'S work. there, just like any mysterious signs on earth. Problem solved period
Well, honestly, no one knows or has any clues those jars had been there for how long, who made them or who brought them there. I'd just think the interesting explanations which also leaves plenty of rooms to think about. (Which is the explanation "c", haha!)
And maybe a little of of my own theory that i discovered when we trekking up the hills...that those jar might be there for some sort of spiritual callings that when the jars contented some different level of water (or wine), it might make different sounds, symphony perhaps when the strong wind blew on the hills...Maybe! I just got some inspirations form the hill since my water bottle has made the sounds when we were trekking on the hills. Who knows, perhaps keeping it as a myth will actually attract more tourists for the little town. Oh well.
And another 9 hour bus ride today, we're sooo tired...Thank god we are in Vientiane!