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"Xieng Khuang Provence" Laos Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55

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Xieng Khuang Provence

Xieng Khuang Province is marked by contrasts, cultural and geographical.
In the centre, broad ochre hills, laid bare from logging and slash and burn agriculture, coat the semi flat terrain. Ordely farms intersperse the brown hues, and eucalypts and pine plantations invoke antipodeans impressions.
As the province streches north it finds the bas of mountainous ascent, and one is struck by the beauty of high green mountains, rugged karst formations and verdant valleys.
But when looking more closely, you notice how much of the province is pockmarked with bomb craters in which little or no vegetation grows.
By the end of the 1960s this major battlefield was undergoing almost daily bombing by American planes, as well as ground combat between the US trained and supplied Hmong army and the forces of the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao.
Due to this secret war - lead by US Air Force and the CIA - virtually the entire population was forced to live in caves; The bombs fell like a man sowing seed according to one surviving villager.
Now the province is peaceful, village life has returned to a semblance of normality, although the enourmous ammount of war debris and UXO spread across, are a deadly legacy that will remain her for generations to come.

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2007
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