UXO Laos Visitor Centre in Luang Prabang museum exhibition as UXO contamination (unexploited ammunition) that affects Laos. Schedule and map to visit Laos UXO

UXO Laos visitors centre

UXO Laos Visitor Center is a small permanent exhibition in the city of Luang Prabang, which explains the problem of UXO (abbreviation of unfished ammunition) affecting Laos and the efforts of this organization to clean the affected areas.



Information about the UXO Laos visitors centre


It is necessary to remember that Laos is the most bombed history country. During the Viet Nam war were dropped on Laos more than 2 million tons of bombs, estimated 30% this holdings did not detonate never. This not exploding holdings is known as UXO (Unexploded Ordinances which translation is not exploded ammunition).
UXO Lao is an organization that aims to raise awareness of UXO contamination problem and also show the cleanup of affected areas performed as part of their activities.

UXO Laos visitor centre located in Luang Prabang is an exhibition Museum showing the different types of bombs and ammunition that affects 25% of the villages in Laotian soil.


Permanent Exhibition - UXO Laos - Luang Prabang
Permanent Exhibition - UXO Laos - Luang Prabang


UXO Laos in figures


  • More than 2 million tonnes of explosive material was released on Lao soil, which translates to 270 million bombs.
  • It is estimated that 25% of rural Laos are contaminated with UXO, i.e. the 17 provinces that make up Laos are affected.
  • 30% of explosives not detonated, which implies that in Laos, there are more than 80 million unexploded bombs.
  • More than 70,000 people have been killed by the late explosion of this ammunition UXO and still die 300 people each year (40 of them were children).
  • Cluster bombs is the most abundant type of UXO contamination ammunition.
  • To clean areas affected by UXO, the UXO Laos organization needs a budget of 5 million euros annually.
  • At UXO Laos employs more than 1000 people.

Sign bombs war - UXO Laos
Sample pumps Vietnam - Laos UXO


Visit the museum exhibition UXO Laos


UXO Laos Luang Prabang visitor centre is a small exhibition of just 2 rooms where different types of unexploited munitions (UXO) affecting Laos, a series of illustrations with data relating to the various wars that have affected the country, its impact on the civilian population and also the tasks of cleaning and decontamination are exposed.

Blow bomb exposed in the museum UXO Laos
Blow bomb exposed in the museum UXO Laos

UXO Laos visitors centre Luang Prabang
UXO Laos visitors centre Luang Prabang

Although the exhibition is not very extensive in area, it is in content, for example a fearsome cluster bomb can be exposed.

Cluster bombs - UXO Laos - Luang Prabang
Cluster bombs - UXO Laos - Luang Prabang

And also a scale reproduction together with a real video of how complicated of tasks for the decontamination and cleaning of areas affected by UXO.

UXO Laos visitors center
UXO Laos visitors center

UXO Museum in Luang Prabang Laos
UXO Museum in Luang Prabang Laos


The dangers of UXO unexploded exploited


One of the most interesting parts of the visit at UXO Laos is to understand the real danger of this not-exploded ammunition UXO: bombs are made with top quality metals (iron, steel, copper,...) this raw material is reused for the construction, among many other uses. A bomb whose metal is in good condition can sell for € 500, this delicious amount of money made that you worth the risk for many people without resources.

Pumps exposed UXO in Laos - Luang Prabang
Pumps exposed UXO in Laos - Luang Prabang

The part South of Laos (the way of the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh City from Hanoi to Saigon) is the area most affected by UXO, added pollution southern Laos is the poorest part of the country, the UXO descontaminazion process will last for many years.

Vietnam War and its effects on UXO Laos
Vietnam War and its effects on UXO Laos

As at UXO Laos revealing data indicate that no country has taken on the consequences of the terrible bombing of Laos and the effect of the UXO ammunition.

Map of UXO contamination in Laos
Map of UXO contamination in Laos


How to go to the UXO Laos visitors centre


UXO Laos Luang Prabang ( Laos) visitor center is located inside a government building in the street Bounkhong Road (just behind the monument to King Chao Anouvoung), is to be set in purple posters showing the exact location of the UXO Laos visitor center.

Museum admission UXO Laos Luang Prabang
Museum admission UXO Laos Luang Prabang





Opening hours and admission price to UXO Laos


UXO Laos visitors center is Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 until 12:00 and evenings from 13:00 until 16:00 .

The entrance is free and the access to the exhibition is free access. A person of the UXO Laos organization is located in the main gateway where will solve doubts and if there is no great influx of visitors, will guide for the exhibition.

Although there is no admission charge to visit UXO Laos, donations are always welcome and can be made at the entrance of the museum.

Opening the UXO Laos visitors centre
Opening the UXO Laos visitors centre


Video UXO Laos visitors centre


This is a video of the small exhibition of UXO Laos Luang Prabang, which does not do justice to the great work of this organization.


Video Visitors Centre in Luang Prabang Laos UXO


Related UXO Laos Visitor Center

  • COPE Visitor Centre in the city of Vientiane, Laos UXO a similar initiative
  • Kuang Si Falls the biggest tourist attraction of the city of Luang Prabang
  • Wat Xieng Thong Temple of the Golden City, with beautiful mosaics and wood carvings
  • Alms Ceremony an ancient Buddhist ritual performed at dawn in Luang Prabang
  • Phou Si Hill the best views of northern Laos in the historic center of Luang Prabang