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.

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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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  • Boun Lhai Heua Fai 05 October 2017

    Lhai Heua Fai means “floating boats of light downstream”. This festival is celebrated on the night of the End of Lent. It is held all over Laos, especially where there is a river. The festival in Vientiane attracts big crowds of devotee and tourists but the one in Luang Prabang is even more spectacular. Every family makes a small round container, using banana leaves on a section of banana trunk. They put flowers, incense sticks, candles, betel nuts and other condiments for chewing and sometimes food and money. At the bank of the river, they light the candles, say prayers and send the boat of light floating away. The spectacle of thousands of boats of light with their twinkling candles on the Mekong River is most moving.

  • Boun Ork Phan Sa (End of Buddhist Lent) 2017 05 October 2017

    Held on the full moon, this marks the end of the rainy season period for monastic seclusion. Monks who were ordained for the phansa period leave the Vat to reunite with their families. This festival also involves launching candle-lit offerings on the river at night.

  • Boun Khao Salak (Ancestor Festival Day) 2017 06 September 2017

    In this festival, offerings are made for dead ancestors to obtain merit. Popular and exciting longboat-racing competitions are held to celebrate the river. This festival is held during the tenth full moon of the lunar calendar.

  • Boun Suang Heua - Boat Racing Festival 2017 24 August 2017

    In Luang Prabang, Boun Suang Heua, or the Boat Racing Festival is held on Khao Padapdin, the Day of the Commemoration of the Dead (in August).

  • Boun Asalahaboucha and Boun Khao Pansa 2017 08 July 2017

    This marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent. During the next three-month period, monks spend most of their time in prayer and meditation are restricted from spending nights in temples other than their own.

  • Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 From 06 June 2017 - 09 June 2017

    The 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang, hosted by the Ministry of, Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR (MICT) from June 6-9, 2017, features educational and interactive events during three days, at zero cost registration free, including the Mekong Blogger MatchUp Boot Camp, the Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Summit (MIST), and the Mekong Tourism Forum

  • Boun Visakha Boucha Day 2017 10 May 2017

    This festival is held during the sixth full moon of the lunar calendar for the Buddha. Candlelight processions are held in temples to mark the birth date of Buddha.

  • Boun Bang Fai - Rocket Festival 2017 From 05 May 2017 - 09 May 2017

    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. In the afternoon, people take artificial elephant and horse mock-ups around the host village. Furthermore, each village will prepare rockets for the rocket competition. The village that is able to launch its rocket the highest up in the sky, wins. The rocket competition is held in order to demonstrate appreciation to “Payathene” who provides people with the rains necessary for agriculture.

  • Boun Pi Mai Lao - Lao New Year 2017 From 14 April 2017 - 16 April 2017

    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.

  • Vientiane International Half Marathon 2017 12 March 2017

    Start training for one of the best running races in Laos. Yes, Vientiane International Half Marathon 2017 (VIHM) is coming. This year race will be held on Sunday March 12, 2017. The distances of 21Kilometer, 10.5KM, and 5KM will take place in the heart of Vientiane Capital, Laos.

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