We returned to Luang Namtha to chill out for a few days before catching a flight back to Vientiane and then on to Phonsavan, located in the Plain of Jars. We didn’t do much except bring the blog up to date and write a few postcards.
We rented a motorbike for a half day and rode around the area. We visited a waterfall near a local village that was not much to see this far into the dry season. We also visited a couple of Buddhist temples. One of these (That Phum Phuk) consists of a new stupa, built in 2003, and the ruins of an older one that was destroyed in a bombing raid during the “secret” war. We heard from a guide that during the war there was a Pathet Lao base on an adjacent hill, which was the likely reason that the area attracted the attention of the US bombers.