Phonsavan is the capital city of Xieng Khouang province. It was built & made the capital in 1970 after Muang Khoun the old capital was destroyed by bombing in the Indochina war. Located in the centre of the Plain of Jars, Phonsavan is at an altitude of 1,100 metres & is cool all year round. The Xieng Khouang plateau is rolling countryside - and is believed to be an old lakebed. It is a natural grassland, devoid of trees, the soils are acidic, with a high aluminium saturation, low in nitrogen and phosphorus = poor for agriculture ( & I first thought it was because of the bombing, but not necessarily so). The main street into Phonsavan town is a long & winding one, that used to look a bit like the setting for a cowboy movie; although it is changing fast now with loads of construction going on. finally a start, more to come.