Phonsavanh is an interesting Soviet Union style town with heeps of war history. I arrived here 2 nights ago with Chris and Johannes.
Yesterday was tough. We were supposed to rent mountainbikes and go around with them, quite a trip too. In the end Johannes got foodpoisoning from an Indian restaurant so in the end it was only Chris and me. First we went to see the Plain of Jars (in the picture) possibly a ironage mystery set of jars and then to the old capital. Saw a temple, hospital and other stuff wrecked by bombs during the secret war. The whole trip was about 60 km but I gave up and hitch-hiked the last 10 km since I felt my knee giving in. But 50 was enough for me, definitely!
The next day I got more sick again, so did Chris, so we stayed another day. Since we've been here we've seen 3 documentaries about the secret war and UXO's (unexploded ordnance) that are still everywhere and kill people all around. They also keep the country poor since the people are afraid to harvest land. Laos is the most bombed country in the world. Crazy s***, that's all I can say. I don't understand it. Very upsetting, but very important place to visit.
I have a slight change of plans. As a Finn I can get 14 days without visa in Vietnam, so instead of going down Cambodia now and up Vietnam later, I'm thinking of going down Southern Vietnam first, then up Cambodia and then spend another 14 days in the Northern Vietnam. Gotta send some mails to some embassies first but I do know that only 14 days in Vietnam is not enough.