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Submitted 1 year 9 months ago by Bernie Rosenbloom.

“Visit Laos Year 2018” stands out on a banner stretching across a Vientiane road. The Lao script announces a handicraft show at ITECC from 2-11 February. It has all the hallmarks of an event in line with the ongoing tourism campaign...but everything is not as it seems.

Submitted 2 years 3 months ago by WALBrunoA.H.Vincent.

A 7:30 a.m. call from tourism guru, Peter Semone: “I want to cruise the Mekong from the Chinese border to Vientiane. Can you arrange it?”

Submitted 2 years 3 months ago by WALBrunoA.H.Vincent.

I stood in a junkyard of rusty, defused bombs dropped from the sky decades before. It occupied a corner of the Xieng Khouang Visitor Information Center parking lot.   I had researched the province and its fields still littered with volatile bombies leftover from the Indochina War. Tino, my guide, knew I wasn’t another Plain of Jars customer. He was grateful. His 15-minute rap for the wannabe UNESCO site had grown weary. And really, how long can you ponder a field of ancient jars?   My calendar boxed out three days to uncover what Xieng Khouang offered beyond the Plain of Jars.

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