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Laos

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang, Laos
Kuang Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang
© photo: Lorna     original photo
also known as:
Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)
Priority: High
Location Type: Country
One of travellers' favourites of South East Asia. Mountainous, landlocked,and mostly covered by forests, Laos' highlights include the temples of Luang Prabang and tubing down the river in Vang Vieng.

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Wikipedia - Laos

The Nam Ou at Nong Khiaw, Laos
Rivers are an important means of transport in Laos

Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and People's Republic of 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 14th to the 18th 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 strife between factions continued for several years. 44% of the population lived below the international poverty line of the equivalent of US$1.25 a day according to data from 2006, though the CIA World Factbook currently places this figure at 26%

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Wikitravel - Laos

light and dark versions of Beer Lao
light and dark versions of Beer Lao

Thailand promotes itself as amazing, Vietnam can well be described as bustling, Cambodia's Khmer temples are awe-inspiring, Myanmar's junta is barbaric... but the adjective most often applied to Laos is forgotten. Although there are a few grand (but relatively unheard of) attractions, those visitors who are drawn by the laid-back lifestyle and the opportunity to knock back a few cold Beerlao while watching the sunsets on the Mekong will simply explain the attraction by revealing that the true meaning of "Lao PDR" is Lao - Please Don't Rush.

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