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... good at it. It was the windiest road either of us has ever been on and thanks to better living through chemistry, I survived it (Doranne of course did just fine thank you).
In Phonsavan we visited an interesting local market where all manner of dead and living things were on hand for the hungry. The porcupines were a novelty, but though we've seen fresh live cockroaches in a bowl many times, the reaction is always the same - revulsion and ...
... war finished in 1974, another 20000 have died or been injured.
Over the last decade there have been 300 deaths annually. 40% of these deaths involve children. Laos is a poor country. It's made even poorer because farmers, and remember Laos is 80% arable land, are too scared to plough new fields. Most of the bombs were dropped on flat land - the most arable land. Not only this but a hell of a lot of the bombs were dropped indiscriminately, for no reason other than B-52 pilots ...
... the efforts of largely New Zealand UXO experts who cleared a narrow path for visitors to walk through. At times the path is ridiculously narrow. Up to 30% of the bombs never exploded leaving Laos with literally millions of UXO which continue to kill and maim to this day. The area was targeted as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Bomb craters, as well as the damaged jars, remain there to this day.
Its been a sad and sobering sight to see.
... opinion) didn't compare to the first, so i may have missed something. Although as there are over 80million UXO (unexploded ordnance) littered across the Laotian country side (thanks to our friends across the pond) it probably best not to go exploring to far a field as all the paths to the jars are marked with safe zones.
The jars are a mystery and the group that I was with debated what they were used for. Whilst there are ...
... the front seat, explaining to everyone I get car sick and the front would help. Thankfully they were very understanding as the minibus definitely wasn't the most spacious and considering it was an a 7hr ride ahead. After we set off all was going well, being in the front really helped with my motion sickness but I decided to have a little sleep anyway just in case. All was going well, we stopped for lunch and I was feeling fine but when we were 100kms outside of Phonsavan we heard a ...