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Laos Overview

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Located in Indochina, Laos shares border with China in the North, Vietnam in the East, Cambodia in the South, Thailand in the West and Myanmar in the North West. It is a quite small country with the total area of 236,800 square kilometers in which mountains make up two-thirds, the rest are plains and plateaus. The highest mountain is Phou Bia at the height of 2,817 above sea level.

Laos has a long history, experiencing many times of being invaded. Today, Laos is a Republican independent country and proactively integrates with the region and the world. Laos is a developing country which little affected by industrialization and urbanization. Therefore, Laos still remains unspoiled nature and original lifestyle. Laos Population includes various ethnic groups like Lao Loum (68%), Lao Theung (22%), Lao Soung (9%) and also ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese (1%).

Often being known as the "Country of Million Elephants", the "Country of Buddhism", Laos is a great destination for tourists who love exploring culture and religion. It can be said that Buddhism put the greatest effect on every field of life in Laos. There are many amazingly beautiful Buddhism pagodas, temples and monuments in Laos. Being Buddhism followers, Laotians are deeply imbued with the philosophy of the Buddha: honesty, modesty and humility.

With beautiful and unspoiled landscape, amazingly beautiful religious architecture and, many colorful festivals, delicious food, honest and friendly people, Laos is absolutely a great destination for tourists.  
 

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Money and cards in Laos

Laos is general is still a cheap place to travel, though you can easily spend a great deal on accommodations and food in Luang Prabang. When traveling in Laos, you can use U.S dollars.

Embassy In Laos

Most embassies in Laos locate in the beautiful capital of Vientiane. Below is list of some Embassy for tourists to contact in case you have some troubles during your traveling.

Dos And Don'ts In Laos

If you are travelling to Laos, either for a short visit or for a longer stay, it is important to know what you should or shouldn’t do in this country.

Laos Society

Lao society can be considered as a semi-independent rural village which lives on agriculture. Lao villages and their pattern life diversify among different ethnics, different geography and ecology. However, almost Laos villages are relative independence and quite isolated with little trade and communication to the others due to the lack of government infrastructure and effective transportation.

Laos History

Laos has quite long history of nearly 800 years. From 4th to 8th century, communities along the Mekong River began to form into townships, called Mueang. Laos history can be divided into 4 main periods: The period of Lan Xang Kingdom, the period of Civil War, the period of French colonial.

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