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CULTURAL VISIT IN KHAMMOUANE
 
The Giant Wall (Kampaengyak)
Legend has it that giant wall, which is 15 kilometres long, was erected in the 9th century by the ancient Sikhottabong Kingdom. Some say, however, that it is a natural sandstone formation which was incorporated into the civilization's defense system. The best place to visit the Giant Wall is 8 km north of Thakhaek on Route 13 where.....
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Sikhottabong Stupa
Built at the same time as That Inhang Stupa in Savannakhet and That Phanom in Thailand. These were constructed in the Sikhottabong Empire for keeping the Bones of Lord Buddha. At first, it was bulit by King Nanthasene for King Soummitham then it was restored by King Saysetthathirath in the 16th Century. The festival is preformed.....
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Old Thakhaek Town
The provincial capital of Khammouane Province, Thakhaek, is located on the Banks of the Mekong River. Much of its architecture can be traced to French colonial construction in the early 20th century. The town's name in Lao mean "guest landing" ("khaek" literally meaning guest), a reference to its earlier role as a boat landing for.....
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  Muang Phone Stupa
This is one of the most worshipped shrines in Thakhaek District and because of its secluded location is used as a retreat for Buddhist Monks. The stupa is said to have been first constructed during 6th-8th Century and was most recently restored in 1963. To one side of the stupa are several Buddhist statue of interest. After visiting.....
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  Tin Mines
The Bo Phontiu Tin Mines in Hinboun District have been an important source of metal for local people over centuries and continue to be mined today. Commercial mining began in the 1920’s by the French, and subsequently there remain buildings and old mining equipment from the colonial period on site.
   
  Historic Railway
The French colonialists once had ambitious plans to connect Laos with Vietnam by railway. Although the railway in Vietnam was completed, construction was abandoned in Laos during the 1920’s for economic reasons. The Lao railhead started somewhere near the present-day market, Talat Nabo, in Thakhaek and continued east for about.....
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  Ho Chi Minh Trail and Indochina War
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was used by the North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War in the 1960’s and 1970’s to send supplies and personnel around the de-militarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Vietnam. Rather than one  long road, the Trail was a multitude of crisscrossing trails that passed through forests and rivers. The trail.....
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