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Phou Khout

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Found off of Route 7, Phou Khout (also Kood, Kout) is an interesting and remote side adventure 43 kilometres from Phonsavan. The district can be combined with Muang Soui (Nong Tang) for a long day trip from the city.

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Phou Khout is a tantalising dot on the government’s tourism maps but there’s little information to be found, except when digging through the history of the Secret War. Phou Khout mountain and ridgeline overlooked Muang Soui valley, and both were battled over by the communist Pathet Lao, the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), the neutralists, the Royal Lao Army and the covert American CIA-backed operation. If interested in its significance, read up on Operation Triangle (1964), Operation Off Balance (1969) and Kou Kiet/Operation About ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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