Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise
Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, also known as COPE, is a local organization dedicated to bettering the lives of thousands of people in Laos who are affected by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
The steel sculpture outside COPE’s center – one that features a woman and child fleeing something, is an accurate representation of a lot of people in Laos who still live in fear of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), which are explosive remnants of the Vietnam war that can detonate anytime. Visitors of COPE can see firsthand how the organization helps those affected by UXOs: the small visitors’ centre displays hundreds of prosthetics, shows details about the American War, and provides information about UXOs and how they affect people’s lives. A tour of COPE’s workshop can also give visitors a glimpse of how the prosthetics are made.
COPE is located at Boulevard Khouvieng, Vientiane, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The Visitors’ Center is open seven days a week from 09:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission to the centre is completely free.
How to Get There
COPE’s visitors’ center can easily be accessed via a rented tuk-tuk for LAK 59,915 (USD 7.21).
- Solo Travelers/Backpackers
Time to Spend
You can explore COPE for an hour and a half.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the centre is at 10:00 until 12:00 noon.
Nearby restaurants like Cote Jardin Restaurant, Kungs Café, Tyson Kitchen, and Hanoi Restaurant offer authentic Lao food and other foreign cuisine as well.
Safety and Fraud
If you do opt to rent a motorbike to visit the falls, avail of the paid parking in the attractions, which costs approximately LAK 2,000 to 5,000 or USD 0.24 to 0.60. Motorbike theft in the attractions is a real risk.
- Patuxai Victory Monument
- That Luang
- Wat Si Saket
- Buddha Park
You can opt to stay at nearby hotels such as Green Park Boutique Hotel, Mandala Boutique Hotel, Don Chan Palace, and La Ong Dao Hotel. Rates range from USD 25 to 120.
Good to Know
Donate to the centre by purchasing at their souvenir shop and eating at their café.