Like Indiana Jones. Kind of.

 

Buddha Park, not a temple

Like a small dungeon

Is it… an onion?

Some of the statues

Where are we again?

Victory Gate

“The most heavily bombed country in the world per capita”

I had no idea: During the Vietnam War, there were more than 580,000 bombing mission over Laos, that’s one every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years. Most of them weren’t targeting Laos directly. The fighter pilots were merely ordered to drop off any leftover bombs over Laos on the way back to their base.

During that time, cluster bombs containing hundreds of little “bombies” with the size of a mandarin were en-vogue. And since 30 % of them failed to detonate, they’re still everywhere. Bombies are to villagers in Laos what landmines are to Cambodians. And even though one bombie does less damage than a landmine, the 80 million of them left after the war make up for this.

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