Phonsavan

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Top Descriptions

Most people who’ve been to will have heard of the , but fewer will have heard of . With numerous historical sites scattered in its vicinity, Phonsavan is the premier tourist town of Xiangkhouan Province. The town is a prime spot from which to and explore jar sites , , and , or even the ancient provincial capital of . While there are certainly some draws in the region for tourists and travellers alike, the long bus journeys from or keeps the falang numbers down – and the town’s lack of tourist infrastructure reflects this. While you may have been initially drawn to Phonsavan for the archaeological sites around the town, it is more in the aftermath of the secret war that the town leaves its mark. If you talk to the locals, visit the museums, and venture out into the partially MAG-cleared countryside, you will no doubt feel it too. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

Consider across two days. You could visit and one day and with on the other. If you were really pushed, you could even do this in one long day.
If you’re looking for a chilled and friendly place to stay, try . Kong has the only dormitory in town.
For authentic Indian food, head to . For Italian, is an expensive treat ;).
 
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The Location

What should we know?

Name in local script:ໂພນສະຫວັນ
Also known as:Hills of Paradise
 
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Environment type:hill, forest, meadow pine
Location type:rural, town, village
 
Religion type:Buddhism

What can we see or do there?

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How much will it cost us?

Currency:Laotian Kip (LAK)
Average daily budget:LAK224,000

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:5 nights
High season:November to March
Low season:
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):English, Lao
Timezone:UTC+07:00
Country calling code:856

How can we get there?

Coordinates:19.44846, 103.1908
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The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

It’s possible to take a bus to or from or in about 7 hours.
 
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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:11
Travel time to attractions:25 minutes
Travel time to next location:7 hours
 
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Altitude:1,100m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlLAK16,000
Beer (national)500mlLAK9,000
Fizzy drink1 litreLAK7,500
Fruit juice1 litreLAK15,000
Gin (multinational)1 litre
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Gin (national)1 litre
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Milk1 litre
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Oil1 litreLAK13,500
Rum (multinational)1 litre
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Rum (national)1 litre
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Vodka (multinational)1 litre
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Vodka (national)1 litreLAK35,000
Water1 litreLAK3,500
Whisky (multinational)1 litreLAK360,000
Whisky (national)1 litreLAK37,000
Wine1 bottleLAK160,000
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100gLAK20,000
Apples1kg
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Bananas1kgLAK10,000
Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 barLAK8,000
Chocolate (national)1 barLAK4,000
Coconut milk1 canLAK5,500
Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozenLAK10,000
Garlic1kg
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Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jar
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Ice cream1 unitLAK7,000
Jam1 jarLAK11,000
Onions1kg
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Oranges1kg
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Pasta1kgLAK36,000
Peanut butter1 jarLAK36,000
Peanuts100gLAK12,000
Potatoes1kg
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Raisins100g
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Rice1kg
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Sandwich1 unitLAK10,000
Tomatoes1kg
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ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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Conditioner1 bottleLAK26,000
Condoms1 pack
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Deodorant1 canLAK22,000
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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Laundry soap1 bar
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Razors1 packLAK14,000
Sanitary towels1 packLAK4,000
Shampoo1 bottleLAK24,000
Soap1 barLAK4,000
Tampons1 box
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Toilet roll1 unitLAK2,000
Toothpaste1 tubeLAK4,000
Washing powder1 boxLAK14,000
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 pack
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Chapstick1 unitLAK14,000
Contact lens solution1 bottleLAK20,000
Headache tablets1 pack
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Ibuprofen1 pack
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Mosquito repellent1 bottleLAK25,000
Nail clippers1 set
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Plasters1 pack
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Sun cream1 bottle
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Sunglasses1 pairLAK40,000
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Batteries4-pack
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Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-packLAK16,000
Cigarettes (national)20-packLAK5,000
Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreLAK8,600
Internet1 hour
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Lighter1 unitLAK3,000
Matches1 packLAK500
Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Banana splitLAK16,000
Biryani (meat)LAK40,000
Biryani (vegetarian)LAK30,000
BologneseLAK54,000
Breakfast (continental)LAK26,000
Breakfast (cooked)LAK35,000
BrownieLAK35,000
BruschettaLAK35,000
BurgerLAK37,000
Burger (cheese)LAK42,500
CarbonaraLAK70,000
CerealLAK20,000
Cheese boardLAK150,000
Chocolate mousseLAK30,000
Curry (South Asia – vegetarian)LAK18,000
Curry (Southeast Asia – meat)LAK30,000
Curry (Southeast Asia – vegetarian)LAK18,000
Cutlet (beef/chicken)LAK12,000
Eggs (how you like)LAK8,000
Fish and chipsLAK35,000
Fish fingersLAK20,000
French friesLAK18,000
Fried (chicken)LAK50,000
Fried (fish)LAK50,000
Fried rice (meat)LAK21,000
Fried rice (vegetable)LAK19,000
Garlic breadLAK18,500
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Ice cream (scoop)LAK13,000
KebabLAK28,000
LaapLAK30,000
NaanLAK8,000
Noodle soup (vegetable)LAK15,000
Noodles (meat)LAK20,000
Noodles (vegetable)LAK15,000
NutsLAK20,000
OmeletteLAK16,000
PaellaLAK300,000
PapadumLAK10,000
Pasta (meat)LAK20,000
Pasta (vegetable)LAK20,000
PhởLAK15,000
Pilau rice (vegetable)LAK20,000
Pizza (loaded)LAK61,500
Pizza (simple)LAK45,000
PorridgeLAK12,000
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
RaitaLAK15,000
Rice (steamed)LAK5,000
Rice (sticky)LAK5,000
SaladLAK22,500
Salad (meat)LAK31,750
Samosas (meat)LAK15,000
Samosas (vegetable)LAK12,000
Sandwich (basic)LAK11,000
Sandwich (loaded)LAK18,500
ShrimpLAK22,000
Skewers (meat)LAK35,000
Soup (meat)LAK22,667
Soup (vegetarian)LAK16,500
Spring rollsLAK24,000
SteakLAK92,667
Stir fry (meat)LAK40,000
Stir fry (vegetable)LAK25,000
Sweet and sour (meat)LAK40,000
Sweet and sour (vegetarian)LAK20,000
TiramisuLAK48,000
Tom YumLAK22,000
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Alcoholic mixed drinkLAK23,000
Bailey’s (shot)LAK19,000
Beer (multinational)LAK15,000
Beer (national)LAK11,250
CappuccinoLAK16,500
ChaiLAK7,000
CocktailLAK45,000
CoffeeLAK8,250
Fruit juice (fresh)LAK15,000
Ginger teaLAK7,000
Hot chocolateLAK9,667
Iced coffeeLAK12,000
Iced teaLAK9,500
LassiLAK10,000
MartiniLAK35,000
Milk (soy)LAK5,000
MilkshakeLAK14,500
MochaLAK19,000
Rum (shot)LAK45,000
Soft drinkLAK6,750
TeaLAK7,500
Tea (herbal)LAK7,500
Tequila (shot)LAK31,500
Tonic waterLAK9,000
Water (2L)LAK10,333
Whisky (shot)LAK16,500
Wine (bottle)LAK165,000
Wine (glass)LAK30,000

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