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“Unique and enlightening experience”

COPE Visitor Centre
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Half-Day Vientiane City Tour Including Hotel Pickup
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Vientiane Full-Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Vientiane
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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Unique and enlightening experience”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Top of my list when visiting Laos, definitely worth visiting although finding this place won't be easy. Lots of photos, videos, souvenirs and you'll even meet the person who has suffered at the centre!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An education”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

The COPE Visitor Centre educates people about the persistent problem of UXO in Lao PDR and its tragic consequences. As an American, I could not help but feel deeply ashamed of what our government has done to this country. But COPE Visitor Centre is also about the work they do to help people with disabilities. They make prosthetic legs and arms and offer physical and occupational therapy. I think all visitors to Vientiane should check out COPE and make a donation to help further their work.

Visited February 2013
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Essex UK
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“Humbling and interesting experience”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The work that the Cope centre supports clearly has an amazing impact of the lives of those affected by not only cluster bombs but also varying other disabilities. The information is well presented and the staff are always on hand to answer any questions. Well worth a visit!

Visited March 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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“A sobering experience, but worthwhile”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

A thorough and thought-provoking insight into the legacy of problems that linger after the fighting has stopped. Particularly relevant to Laos, in relation to the "Secret" War, but applicable anywhere, to lesser degrees: after all, WW2 bombs are still occasionally unearthed in the UK & Europe. Trekking elsewhere in Laos, we heard old ordnance being detonated in controlled explosions, the sound echoing around the beautiful mountain scenery, a real case of the spectre at the feast. COPE is not a feel-good experience, although the positive aspects of their work are rightly celebrated, but we'd recommend it as something that should be seen in its own right, but also that helps contextualise present-day Laos.

Visited February 2013
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Peachland, Canada
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“Extremely Informative”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

I only had about an hour but I would have preferred to have stayed a couple of hours watching some of the documentaries they have on hand in a special viewing room. Its a good cause and I bought one of their t-shirts even though the slogans and designs are pretty corny.

Visited March 2013
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