Vientiane, Laos

Such a pretty name…. for such an ugly town. Sorry Laos.

24 hours was just enough time to see Patouxay – the infamous homage to France’s Arc de Triumph. When handed a load of concrete by the USA Government in the 1960’s and told to build landing strips for the US airforce, the Laos powers that be decided to instead build a huge eye saw that is the Victory Monument. Good for them. They actually describe it on the plaque outside as a ‘Monster.’ I think it’s actually quite pretty? Just me then?

I also paid a visit to COPE Clinic – a National Rehabilitation Centre charity doing outreach and awareness rasing for UXO (unexploded ordnance.) They provide support, education, prosthetics and medical care 35 years on, as Laos remains the most heavily bombed country in the world.

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