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Muang Kham and Tham Piew Cave

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A quiet town 52 kilometres northeast of Phonsavan on Highway 7, Muang Kham is known for Tham Piew Cave, site of a war-time massacre where almost 400 civilians were killed.

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On 24 November 1968, at the height of the Secret War, a US fighter plane fired rockets into a cave used by farmers from the surrounding villages for shelter. The first three rockets missed, but the fourth hit, killing all 374 men, women and children who were sheltering within the cave.

A statue says 1000 words. Photo taken in or around Muang Kham and Tham Piew Cave, Phonsavan, Laos by Cindy Fan.

A statue says 1000 words. Photo: Cindy Fan

At the base of the rocky hill is a statue of a man bravely holding a dead child in his arms. The small museum contains a few raw, graphic and confronting photos from the war and UXO accidents. Displays like this are highly unusual in Laos, and unfortunately when we visited in 2018, the photos were very faded with no ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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