So here we are hanging in Muang Phin as our Vietnam visa doesn’t allow us to enter until August 3rd. We will remember this small village as we clicked over 2000km exploring this morning. Incredibly remote, no English spoken whatsoever, finding edible food is a battle but beer Laos is everywhere. We assume the only tourists that would ever stay here would be cycle tourists as we are certainly a novelty.
Discovered that a helicopter was shot down in this village during the Vietnam War. An amazing amount of history with Laos still being the most heavily bombed country in history per capita. Over 2 million tonnes of ordnance was dropped on the country with up to 30% failing to explode. Approximately 25% of the country’s villages are contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), hence we are not wandering too far off the road for a pee!