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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  • Boun Xang - Elephant Festival From 17 February 2017 - 19 February 2017

    As a living icon with important symbolic connotations and historical associations in Laos, the elephant is an animal dear to the hearts of the Lao people. The Elephant Festival is a celebration of culture and traditional ties between Lao communities and elephant, as well as drawing attention to the endangered status of this charismatic Species.

  • Sikhottabong Festival 11 February 2017

    This religious festival is held at Sikhottabong stupa, located about 8 kilometers south of Thakhek. A trade fair is also held at the festival featuring the display and sales of products from over 130 exhibitors from the nine districts of this central province along with goods from neighboring Thailand.

  • Boun Khao Chi - Makha Boucha Day 2017 11 February 2017

    A ceremony is held at the "Vat" (temple) in the morning, when special "bread" made of sticky rice is offered. This festival is held during the third full moon of the lunar calendar.

  • Boun Vat Phou Champasak 11 February 2017

    This is the largest festival in Champasak province and one of the largest in the entire country. This festival attracts thousands of people each year, who gather at the base of the ancient Vat Phou temple for prayer ceremonies and to enjoy the festivities.

  • The 12th LAO Food Festival From 25 January 2017 - 27 January 2017

    The Lao Women's Union and Lao Businesswomen's Association are holding the 12th Lao Food Festival in Vientiane. Everyone is invited to come along and sample traditional Lao cuisine.

  • Boun Suang Heua - Boat Racing Festival 17 October 2016

    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). In Vientiane Capital it is held the day after the End of Buddhist Lent. Both are important social and sports events witnessed by huge crowds.

  • Boun Lai Heua Fai From 19 October 2015 - 20 October 2015

    A festival for the phanga naga, it is held in order to bring good luck...

  • Boun Ork Phan Sa (End of Buddhist Lent) From 19 October 2015 - 19 October 2015

    Held on the full moon, this marks the end of the rainy season period for monastic seclusion...

  • Boun Khao Salak (Ancestor Festival Day) From 19 September 2015 - 19 September 2015

    In this festival, offerings are made for dead ancestors to obtain merit...

  • Boun Asalahaboucha and Boun Khao Pansa (Buddhist Lent) From 22 July 2015 - 22 July 2015

    This marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent...

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