Photographer's Note

During the Indochina War (Vietnam /American War 1965-1975), the USA flew more than 580,000 bombing missions over Laos. This is equal to one bombing mission, every 8 minutes, around the clock, for 9 full years! This intensive bombing campaign, coupled with artillery battles on land, has left the landscape in some areas of Laos filled with craters.

The Plain of Jars is an ancient historic site that sustained 20% damage to the jars, which were probably used to store funerary ashes. There are bomb craters to the right, & in the left background, in this image. Tourists are strongly advised to stick to the tracks. Every year, several children are killed by UXO in Laos. (Unexploded ordinance).

This part of Laos is poorly represented on TE, so I may post more from this locale later.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15831 W: 1056 N: 33254] (154432)
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