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DESTINATIONS - LAOS
Laos Panorama

The Laos People's Democratic Republic is a landlocked country in southeast Asia, bordered by Burma (Myanmar) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.

 
After a period as a French protectorate, it gained independence in 1949. A long civil war ended officially when the communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975, but the protesting between factions continued for several years.

 
After years of war and isolation, Southeast Asia’s most pristine environment, intact cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on earth mean destination Laos is fast earning cult status among travellers. It is developing quickly but still has much of the tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere in the region. Village life is refreshingly simple and even in Vientiane it’s hard to believe this sort of languid riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then, of course, there is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience anywhere in Asia.

 
Away from the cities, there is so much more to see; the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang Province, the forested mountains of Northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around the backpacker-haven Vang Vieng and in the deep south, past the market town Pakse, is Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), where the mighty Mekong spreads out and all the hammocks are taken.

Office name: The Laos People's Democratic Republic
 
Flag: The flag consists of three horizontal strips, middle blue strip is twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes. In the middle is a white disc.
 
Capital: Vientiane
 
Government: Socialist Republic
 
President: Lt. Gen. Choummaly Sayasone
 
Prime minister: Bouasone Bouphavanh
 
Population: 6.5 million (2007)
 
Local time: GMT + 7
 
Area: 236,800 km2/ 91,429 sq. miles
 
Drives on the: Right
 
Religions: Buddhism: 85%; Christianity: 8%, Caodaism: 3%; Other: 4%
 
Ethnics: Lao Loum (lowland) 67%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong and the Yao (Mien) 9%, Vietnamese 2%
 
Official Languages: Lao
 
Other Languages: French, Vietnamese
 
Calling code: 856
 
Voltage: 220V AC 50 HZ
 
Independence: July 19, 1949 from France
 
Internet Code: .la
 
Currency: Kip
 
Notes: 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000; 50,000
 
Coins: none
 
Geography: Laos is a landlocked country in southeast Asia, bordered by Burma (Myanmar) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.

 
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