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After an amazing 5 weeks, and one visa extension in Cambodia, I arrived in the capital city of Laos, Vientiane. I have heard so much about Laos but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After a tour of the city we visited COPE a charity which supports the victims of landmines in Laos.

October 23, 2017

 

During the American/ Vietnam war, Laos remained a neutral country, however between 1964 and 1973, during the years of the secret war, 2 million tons of ordnance were dropped on Laos by the American Airforce along the Ho Chi Minh trail in 580,000 - the equivalent of one planeload every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day for 9 years.  

The economic value of the scrap metal means that is a source of income for some families, despite the associated danger.

Some information about the ‘secret war’ and the extent of the bombing in Laos.

One of the displays at the COPE museum about the development of prosthetics for the land mine and unexploded explosive victims.

A visit to the Golden Stupa in Vientiane .

Bike ride along the Mekong River in Vientiane. 

Peddling as fast as I could ...

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