Laos

Overview

Laos is the peaceful land-locked nation where to tread lightly, but foreign travelers are made quite welcome and encouraged to do their part to preserve and participate in cultural practices. Indeed, it is a country of astounding physical beauty, kind-hearted people and compelling cultural heritage. The Buddhist nation is also one of the most undeveloped and least-visited countries in the world — making it quite alluring to the adventurous traveler. The beauty of Laos exists not only along the Mekong at sunset, but also in smiles at the market or impromptu Lao lessons on the street corner, things that are easily missed if you're in a hurry. It's an enchanting land that demands you slow your pace to match its own, and even the shortest visit might add tranquility to your travels. Luang Prabang  , an unique blend of temples and colonial buildings set between two rivers and a range of limestone mountains, it is one of the last Shangri-la's in the world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, The charming town was founded in the 7th century as the capital of the Kingdom of Luang Prabang, and was subsequently the capital of the Kingdom of Laos, which is now a communist state.


Full name

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Land area

236,800 sq. km

Population

6,5 Millions

Capital City

Vientiane

People

68% Lao loum, 22% Lao Theung, 9% Lao Soung and 1% Vietnamese/Chinese

Languages

Khmer, French and English

Religion

95% Thevarada Buddhist and 5% others

Government

Communist state

Climate

Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November) and dry season (December to April)

Currency

Kip (LAK)

Time Zone

GMT +7

Dialing Code

+856

Electricity

230V 50HzHz



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