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COPE Visitor Centre
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$194.00*
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Half-Day Vientiane City Tour Including Hotel Pickup
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$215.00*
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Vientiane Full-Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Vientiane
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

You must visit COPE while in Vientiane. It's an easy walk there too, and a great chance to see the outskirts of the city on foot.

The staff at COPE are super helpful and keen to answer any questions you have about their work. The video presentations are informative and you could easily spend a couple of hours watching them.

Visitors are free to stroll around the compound to watch amputees playing sport, games and getting about their business.

While there, you can make an online donation for their work. They also have excellent souvenir t-shirts at very reasonable prices ($7-8 USD) with all proceeds going to further their work.

It's a really informative start to a trip in Laos, and gives you great insight to the risk associated with so much unexploded ordinance, how it got there and what governments and NGOs are doing to help those people living in areas littered with live bombs.

The short video interviewing a mother and father about their 10 yo son who was killed while collecting scrap metal made us cry.

Such a humbling experience.

Thank WorldlyWombat
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We went on a friends` recomendation, not the easiest place to find, but well worth the search. It´s not a light-hearted visit but it gave us an insight into the problem UXOs pose in everyday life in Laos and how the population are exposed to this threat every day.

The staff were friendly and if you have time, visit the gift shop for locally sourced crafts and drink a milkshake at the cafe.

Thank Ale-Kristl
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Located only a few minutes from the city centre this exhibition and visitor centre is extremely informative and confronting...recent history of the secret war against Laos and the ongoing legacy of cluster bombs and other munitions are explained and the work that COPE does is displayed ....do not think there was a single visitor in the centre today who did not shed a tear at some point. There is no fee for this venue but donations are accepted...small but well presented gift shop has some very unique gift ideas(all proceeds going to COPE)...Christmas shopping next year has become a no-brainer..I would encourage every visitor to Vientiane to go. There is a kiosk onsite which offers beverages and home made ice-cream....very tasty indeed.

Thank mwanzamama
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The honest, unpretentious and authentic approach to educating visitors is refreshing. This organisation does incredible work. It has a lovely gift shop where different mementoes and gifts can be purchased, while supporting this worthwhile cause.

Thank Schnetlers
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

A must ...and a real eye opener, even for a guy with an artificial eye (like me).
My kids were transfixed.

Thank mcrooneys
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