Vietnam War Bombs in Sepon, Laos.

Vietnam War Bombs in Sepon, Laos.

Above Photo: Me walking past defused Vietnam War ordnance in Sepon, lugging a dirty great backpack. 

If I could sum up in one photograph my recent trip around Laos, the above would be it. It was taken in a hotel in a new town called Sepon, near the Vietnamese border.

vietnam war boms ho chi minh trail laos in Savannakhet Province.

A well-camouflaged piece of unexploded ordnance has been detected and prepared by UXO Lao for a controlled explosion in Savannakhet Province.

Sepon is a key town on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which makes it very relevant for my novel, BACK, and the events that befall modern-day backpackers as they too head into the jungle to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, looking for something left behind from the Vietnam War.

A wartime bomb is being prepared for safe detonation by UXO Lao in Savannakhet Province.

A wartime bomb is being prepared for safe detonation by UXO Lao in Savannakhet Province.

The old town of Sepon, called Tchepone during the Vietnam War, was totally obliterated by bombing, hence the plethora of large bombs dropped by US planes which can be seen around the modern town today.

The ones in the headline photo have obviously been defused and then incorporated into a decorative feature in the Vieng Xay Hotel in Sepon, where we stayed.

A 1,000lb airplane bomb from the Vietnam War is hauled out of a village near Sepon, Savanannahket, Laos.

A 1,000lb airplane bomb from the Vietnam War is hauled out of a village near Sepon, Savannahket, Laos.

But vast quantities of unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam War still litter the jungles and farmland of Laos, and will likely do so for generations to come. The task of detection, defusing and safe detonation undertaken by UXO Lao is truly daunting.

UXO Lao prepare for another detonation in Savannakhet province.

UXO Lao prepare for another detonation in Savannakhet province.

See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

© Peter Alan Lloyd

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