Xieng Khouang is a province in Laos that has a violent history. It is considered the most bombed province in a country that was also the most heavily bombed in the world, and the plateau is one of the places that served as a battleground for many conflicts. If Xieng Khouang should be known as anything, it should be famous as the testament to the resilience of the Lao people. The people who live in the area have embraced the province's past and learned to incorporate what was left of the war into their own lives. Travellers who find their way in Xieng Khouang can visit a village here that is dedicated to war remnants such as shrapnel and bomb material.
These days, Xieng Khouang is best known for Plain of Jars, the area's main tourist attraction. Also known as Plaine de Jarres or Thong Hai Hin, the plateau covers an area that measures 1,000sqkm. There are 136 archaeological sites but only three are open to tourists. All the sites feature discs, stones and thousands of buried jars, which are believed to have been used either as food storage or funeral urns.