Lao PDR

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Official Name: 
Lao People's Democratic Republic

Area: 
236,800 km2

Population: 
6,521,000

Capital: 
Vientiane

Language(s): 
Lao, English, French, and various ethnic languages

Religion(s): 
Buddhism and others

Currency: 
Kip (LAK)

Anthem: 
Pheng Xat Lao

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Tin and Gypsum Mining, Timber, Agricultural Processing

AGRICULTURE: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables, Corn, Coffee, Water Buffalo

EXPORT: Electricity, Wood Products, Garments, Coffee, Tin

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Lao People's Democratic Republic

The Lao People's Democratic Republic is Southeast Asia's only landlocked country, sharing borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Lao has one of the most pristine natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, with rugged, thickly forested mountains and plateaus making up most of the total area.

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Information

Official Name: 
Lao People's Democratic Republic

Area: 
236,800 km2

Population: 
6,521,000

Capital: 
Vientiane

Language(s): 
Lao, English, French, and various ethnic languages

Religion(s): 
Buddhism and others

Currency: 
Kip (LAK)

Anthem: 
Pheng Xat Lao

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Tin and Gypsum Mining, Timber, Agricultural Processing

AGRICULTURE: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables, Corn, Coffee, Water Buffalo

EXPORT: Electricity, Wood Products, Garments, Coffee, Tin

Tour Info

Lao People's Democratic Republic

The Lao People's Democratic Republic is Southeast Asia's only landlocked country, sharing borders with Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Lao has one of the most pristine natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, with rugged, thickly forested mountains and plateaus making up most of the total area. Laos is crisscrossed by a myriad of rivers and stream, the most important of which is the Mekong River. Forming a natural border with Thailand in some areas, the Mekong passes through nearly 1,900 kilometers of Lao territory, shaping the way of life of almost 70 percent of the country's 6.5 million people.

The Lao system of 20 National Protected Areas covers nearly 14 % of the country. With large tracts of tropical monsoon forest, diverse wildlife populations and bizarre karst limestone formations riddled with caves. There are many existing opportunities for ecotourism activities such as trekking, rafting, bird watching and camping that allow you to experience first-hand the country magnificent natural and cultural diversity.

Laos is home to over one hundred species of large mammals. Many of these are familiar Asian species such as tiger, Asian elephant and guar (a species of wild cattle). Lao also holds and impressive diversity of primates including five species of gibbon, five species of macaque nad four species of leaf monkey. Birds with over 700 species recorded to date and new species being added to the country list.

The small town of Vang Vieng 150 km north of the capital is set in a dreamlike landscape of bizarre limestone mountain peaks and sheer cliffs with the Nam Song River bisecting the town. At the base of the town's limestone mountains are a network of caves to explore. There are a variety of well-developed tourism services in Vang Vieng and a wide range of accommodations. Water sports such as kayaking and tubing are popular and rock climbing is also a growing pastime.

Lao PDR's heritage includes the Luang Prabang, historic city dating back as far as the 14th century which is now a living UNESCO World Heritage Site. This wonderful town has become a "Tourism Mecca" in Southeast Asia, popular with both regional and long-haul visitors. Another is Vat Phou Champasak is an excellent example of early and classic Khmer Architecture, dating from the 7th to 12th century and at the foot of Vat Phou is the Ancient City of Settapura dated 5th century. Xieng Khoung Province has the Plain of Jars, with over 3,000 large stone urns spreading over 60 major sites, weighting from 2-3 tons each, aged to be about 3,000 years old. Huaphanh Province has Hin Tang Archaeological Park and the historic caves at Viengxay, one of 15 National Heritage Sites.

The best time to visit Laos is between October and May, when most festivals and traditions are celebrated in accordance with harvest seasons for historical Buddhist practices. Indulge in street revelries of Boun Pimay Lao (the Lunar New Year Festivities) in mid- April, or you can choose to join in the celebrations of the Boun Bang Fai( the rocket festival) in May, and That Luang Festival in November. Renowed for its fine woven silk and cotton, you can find the best of Laotiane handicraft especially at the Morning Market.

Information

Official Name: 
Lao People's Democratic Republic

Area: 
236,800 km2

Population: 
6,521,000

Capital: 
Vientiane

Language(s): 
Lao, English, French, and various ethnic languages

Religion(s): 
Buddhism and others

Currency: 
Kip (LAK)

Anthem: 
Pheng Xat Lao

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Tin and Gypsum Mining, Timber, Agricultural Processing

AGRICULTURE: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables, Corn, Coffee, Water Buffalo

EXPORT: Electricity, Wood Products, Garments, Coffee, Tin

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    The highlight of the event is colorful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions

  • LAO National Day 2018 02 December 2018

    This celebrates the 1975 victory of the people over the monarchy. However, it is mainly a day for government events and public participation is limited to flying the Lao and Communist flags.

  • Boun Bang Fai - Rocket Festival 2018 01 May 2018

    This festival consists of a variety of activities. A traditional dance is performed in circle. In addition to this, men will wear traditional Lao women’s clothes and cosmetics, as people tie the clothes on each other.

  • Boun Pi Mai Lao - Lao New Year 2018 From 13 April 2018 - 15 April 2018

    Boun Pimai New Year festival, begins in mid - April and lasts for three days. Held before the onset of the rainy season, it recognizes the importance of water in people’s lives. It’s also a purification festival during which the Buddha images in the household and the temples are ritually cleaned with sacred water.

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