Houay Xai to Hong Sa – Following the Mekong

Houay Xai, Pak Tha, Doi Pha Tang, Phu Chi Duen, Phu Chi Fa – Hong Sa in the dark. Friendship Bridge Chiang Khong – Houy Xai YouTube:- Crossing the Friendship Bridge Bridge Crossing Update – Nov 2018:- This is one of the most hassle free crossings you can make from Thailand to Laos. Ever since mid 2018. There have…

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Lima Site 85 : Phou Pha Thi – Then and Now

Introduction Lima Site 85 (LS-85 alphanumeric code of the phonetic 1st letter used to conceal this covert operation) was a clandestine, military installation in the Royal Kingdom of Laos guarded by the Hmong “Secret Army“, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the United States Air Force used for Vietnam War covert operations against communist targets in ostensibly neutral Laos under…

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Crater Bomb – Xieng Khouang

The largest bomb crater site in the province. Located at Baan Khai approximately 33 kilometres from Phonsavan. The bombs were dropped back in the second Indochina war by B 52 Bombers. In many cases indiscriminately on the way back from a bombing run or part of the carpet bombing of the Plain of Jars as both sides fought over…

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Plain Of Jars Site 21

Phou Keng or Keng Mountain is one of the largest quarry sites. The jars once completed were moved to Jars Site 1. Ten kilometres away. Keng Mountain is 1400 metres above sea level. There are 1250 steps to the top. Big steps too. If normal size, easily 2000 steps. I made it 3/4 of the way up and had…

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Plain of Jars Site 52

What to do next? In Phonsavan and Hmong New Year is still a few days away. Thinking what to see and do next?  Over beers started chatting with some Australian archaeologists from James Cook University that are here checking out various Jars sites. They highly recommended heading out to Site 52. It is approx 27 km out of town…

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Phu Chi Fa – To the base and above

One of my favourite rides. Cross over at Houy Xai, head to Pak Tha. Take the ferry across the Mekong and ride to Muang Ngern. You have the Mekong on your left and the Mountains with Phu Chi Duen, Doi Pha Thang and Phu Chi Fa on your right. Twisting and winding along all the way. No other vehicles…

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Spoon Village – Ban Napia

Xiang Khoung province was one of the most heavily bombed areas during the second Indochina war and is littered with millions of UXOs. Bomb crater scars are visible from the road in front of the houses. The locals we spoke with buy the scrap UXO from others and then melt it down in a kiln to make spoons and…

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Vat Phiavat

The temple was built in the 14th century and it is believed that the same craftsmen also built Vat Si Phom located a few blocks away. In the 19th century, bandits looted and invading armies damaged Vat Phiavat as they searched for riches. Fighting during the first Indochina War damaged the temple and its large Buddha image in 1953….

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Hmong New Year – Phonsavan

Chilling in Phonsavan. Having tagged along with Chris for the first part of his tour. Decided to hang out in Phonsavan with Tanoy from Cranky T Bar & Cafe for a few days. Chris and the group continued to head south on their journey. Tanoy informed me a few months earlier that the Hmong New Year in Phonsavan is…

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