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There is a small cafe, gift shop and toilets near the entrance. The bare, hilly landscape is appealing, although in one direction the views of Phonsavan airport seem discordant. The biggest, Hai Jeuam, weighs around 6 tons, stands more than 2.5m high and is said to have been the mythical victory cup of Khun Jeuam.
The biggest and most easily accessible, Site 1 features 334 jars or jar fragments relatively close-packed on a pair of hilly slopes pocked with bomb craters. Climb Things to do shouldn’t missed in Laos the summit for panoramic views over Vientiane. Officially called ‘Victory Monument’ and commemorating the Lao who died in pre-revolutionary wars, it was built in 1969 with cement donated by the USA intended for the construction of a new airport; hence expats refer to it as ‘the vertical runway’.
Vientiane’s Arc de Triumph replica is a slightly incongruous sight, dominating the commercial district around Th Lan Xang. Several other Mon-Khmer ethnic groups, including the Alak, Katu, Tahoy and Suay, also live on the plateau and its escarpment. The largest ethnic group on the plateau is the Laven (Bolaven means ‘home of the Laven’).
Spreading across the northeast of Champasak Province into the Southeastern Salavan, Sekong and Attapeu provinces, the fertile Bolaven Plateau - known in Lao as Phu Phieng Bolaven - is famous for its cool climate, dramatic waterfalls, fertile soil and high-grade coffee plantations. Hence Ban Hua Khong is at the northern end of Don Khong, while Ban Hang Khong is at the southern end. The upriver end is called hǔa (head); the downriver end is called hǎang (tail).
The villages of Si Phan Don are often named for their position at the upriver or downriver ends of their respective islands. During the dry months the river recedes and leaves behind hundreds (or thousands if you count every sand bar) of islands and islets. During the rainy season the Mekong around Si Phan Don fills out to a breadth of 14km, the river’s widest reach along its 4350km journey from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea.
If immediate action is not taken, the Lane Xang or ‘Land of a Million Elephants’, stands to lose not only its elephant populations, but a major component of Lao cultural heritage. With only two elephants born for every ten that die, the Asian elephant, the sacred national emblem of Laos, is under serious threat of extinction. As guides they now make more for their families than in their old predatory days.
Seven years ago poaching was threatening the extinction of the black-crested gibbon, but thanks to Animo, a conservation-based tour group, the hunters of Bokeo were convinced to become the forest’s guardians.