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    Mekong river, Don Det island in Southern Laos
    Personal hygiene in the evening, rural island life at the Mekong river at Don Det in Southern Laos. The island is since years a Southeast Asian backpacker gathering place, eclipsing the locals somehow.
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    Flag of Laos
    Flag of Laos

    Royal Laos National Flag
    The Royal Laos National Flag until 1975

    Location Map of Laos. Where in Asia is Laos?
    Location Map of Laos

    Destination Laos, a landlocked country in Southeast Asia on the Indochinese peninsula between Thailand and Vietnam, and north of Cambodia. Laos shares also short borders with China and Myanmar (Burma).

    Laos was part of French Indochina, it became independent in 1953, but for most of the next 25 years it was torn by civil strife between the communist Pathet Lao movement and government supporters. In 1975, the Pathet Lao achieved total control, and a communist republic was established, the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

    The country covers an area of 236.800?km2, compared it is about the size of Romania, or slightly larger than the US state of Utah.

    Laos has a population of 6.5 million inhabitants (in 2015). Capital and largest city is Vientiane (Viang Chan). Spoken languages are Laotian (official) and Thai. The majority of the Laotian people are Buddhists (67%).

    Lao People's Democratic Republic | Laos

    Country Profile

    Laos is the least developed Asian country, most Laotians are subsistence farmers, and rice is the principal crop. Forestry is economically important, but mining and manufacturing are limited. Barter is the prevalent method of exchange in rural commerce.

    After 600 years of being a monarchy, at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, Laos has been ruled by a one-party Communist Government. Although Laos is opening its door to the West, under the 1991 constitution, Laos continues to be a one-party centralized system as specified in the constitution.
    (Source: Laos WWW Virtual Library)

    related countries: France, United States


    Official Name:
    Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
    short form: Lao
    int'l long form: Lao People's Democratic Republic
    abreviation: Lao PDR
    int'l short form: Lao(s)

    ISO Country Code: la, LAO

    Local Time = UTC +7h
    Actual Time: Mon-Nov-23  14:39

    Country Calling Code: +856

    Capital City: Vientiane - Viangchan (pop. 640 000) 

    Other Cities: Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Thakhek.

    Type: Communist state.
    Independence: 19 July 1949 (from France).

    Location: in center of Southeast Asian peninsula, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam.
    Area: 236,800 km2 (91,430 sq. mi.)
    Terrain: The country has three distinct regions: rugged mountains in north, plateaus, alluvial plains.
    Highest peak: Phou Bia in Xieng Khouang province 2 800 m.

    Climate: Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (November to April).

    Nationality: Lao.
    Term for Citizens: Laotian(s).
    Population: 6.5 million (2015)
    Ethnic groups: Lao Loum (lowland): 68%; Lao Theung (upland): 22%; Lao Soung (highland) 9%, including the Hmong and the Yao; and ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese: 1%.
    Religions: Theravada Buddhism, animism among highland groups.
    Languages: Lao (official), French, various highland ethnic, English.
    Literacy: 53%.

    Natural resources: unspoilt tropical forest, timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones.

    Agriculture products: Rice, sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts, water buffalo, pigs, cattle, poultry.

    Industries: Tin and gypsum mining, timber, electric power, agricultural processing, construction, garments, tourism.

    Exports - commodities: wood products, coffee, electricity, tin, copper, gold, cassava

    Exports - partners: Thailand 30.4%, China 27%, Vietnam 17.6% (2015)

    Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, consumer goods

    Imports - partners: Thailand 60.9%, China 18.6%, Vietnam 7.3% (2015)

    Currency: (New) Kip (LAK)

    Laos in numbers
    Lao PDR Key Statistical Data.
    Presidential Palace in Vientiane.
    Buddhist monks passing the Presidential Palace in Vientiane.
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    Political system
    The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a communist state, a one-party socialist republic. The executive governmental power is held by a president, who is chosen by an elected National Assembly to serve a five-year term. He is the head of state, head of government is the prime minister.

    Official Sites of Lao

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      The National Assembly of Lao People's Democratic Republic
    Official website, with information about Laos and the National Assembly.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao P.D.R.
    Official website of the ministry.

    Diplomatic Missions
    Permanent Mission of the Lao PDR to the United Nations
    Lao's representation to the UN.
    Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in the U.S.
    With information on Lao.
    Lao Embassy Bangkok
    The Embassy of the Lao P.D.R in Thailand.
    Lao Diplomatic Missions Abroad
    Address list of Lao Missions Abroad.
    Diplomatic Missions in the Lao PDR
    Address list of Diplomatic Missions in the Lao PDR and neighboring countries.
    Tourist Survival Page
    Foreign Embassies, Emergencies Contacts, Entry Procedures.

    Lao National Statistic Center
    Lao PDR in figures.


    profile Map of Lao PDR
    Political map of Laos.

    Google Earth Google Earth Laos
    Searchable map and satellite view of Laos.
    Google Earth Google Earth Map Vientiane
    Searchable map and satellite view of Lao's capital city.
    Google Earth Google Earth Map Pha That Luang
    Satellite view of Lao's national monument.
    Google Earth Google Earth Vat Phou
    Satellite view of world heritage site of Vat Phou temple.

    Map of Southeast Asia
    Map of the Southeast Asia region.
    profile Map of Asia
    Reference Map of Asia.



    The government maintains tight control over the media, almost all newspapers and broadcast media are government owned. There is a real lack of media pluralism in Laos, the peoples party exercises absolute control over the media.
    (See also: Reporters Without Borders: Laos)

    Khaosan Pathet Lao
    Lao News Agency.

    Vientiane Mai
    Online news (in Lao)
    Vientiane Times
    Official news from Laos, English-language weekly.
    News headlines (pdf format in Lao)

    Le Rénovateur
    French language news paper, Vientiane.

    US based site with Lao news and information.

    Lao National Radio
    With News in Lao, Hmong and English.
    Radio Free Asia
    US based news about East Asia and Laos.

    International News Sources
    Google News Laos
    Press agencies news on Laos

    Human Rights
    Human Rights Watch: Laos
    Background Briefings.

    Press freedom
    Reporters sans frontières - Laos
    Annual report 2015 about Press freedom in the country.


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    National Assembly building, Vientiane
    National Assembly building, Vientiane, Laos
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    White Elephant  
    A sacred and auspicious White Elephant, Vientiane
    © Lao Embassy
    Lao Silk scarfs
    Silk scarfs at a market in Pakse, Champasak province.
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    Arts & Culture

    Library of Laos
    Provides information on Lao culture.

    Laos Photo Gallery
    Pictures from central and northern Laos.

    Lao Textiles
    Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles workshop, studio and gallery for handwoven silk.

    The art of authentic lao silk.

    Asian Historical Architecture
    With domestic architecture photos from Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Laos.
    Buddha images Wat Si Saket, Vientiane
    Wat Si Saket Buddhas, Vientiane
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    Lao Silk weaving with a hand loom, Vientiane
    Silk weaving on a hand loom in Vientiane.
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    Business & Economy

    Lao Trade Promotion Center
    Lao trade information by Trade Information Division.

    Lao PDR Yellow Pages
    Find Lao companies and institutions.

    Lao Airlines
    Laos' national carrier.
    Silk Yarns
    Dyed silk yarn at Lao Textiles, Vientiane.
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    Reclining Buddha at Pha That Luang, Vientiane
    Reclining Buddha at Pha That Luang, Vientiane.
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    Travel and Tour Consumer Information

    Destination Laos - Travel and Tour Guides

    Discover Laos: Vientiane, Pha That Luang, Vat Phou, Don Det (4000 islands),

    Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, and much more.

    Lao National Tourism Administration
    Official website with comprehensive information for people who want to visit Laos.

    Ecotourism in Laos
    Discover the world of ecotourism in Laos. Includes info on activities, attractions, transportation, tour operators, maps, accommodation and world heritage sites.

    Discovering Laos
    A tour guide to Laos by Lao Embassy.

    Mekong Travel and Tourism - Laos
    The Official website for tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

    Lao Association of Travel Agents (LATA)
    Official website of the asscoiation.

    Lao Images
    Travel images of South Laos, Mekong, Champasak, Vat Phou, Savannakhet, and Vientiane.

    Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
    Information about the world heritage site of Vat Phou temple.
    Laos People Culture, a Lao owned and operated portal site.
    Laos portal with news and country information.
    Phou Khao Khouay
    Discover Community-based Tourism in Central Laos.
    Laos hotels and tours, travel in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

    City Guide
    ??The City of Vientiane
    Small guide to Laos capital by Lao Embassy.

    Settha Palace Hotel

    Hmong People 
    WWW Hmong Homepage
    A collection of Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current-events, issues, history, publications, and culture.

    Wat Hai Sok in Vientiane
    Wat Hai Sok in Vientiane.
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    Lao-Singapore Business College
    LSBC offers English courses as well as a full time High Diploma and Computer classes, Vientiane.

    National University of Laos
    Laos Higher Education Institution, established in 1995.

    Environment - Environmental organizations Laos

    Lao National Mekong Committee MRC
    Agency for sustainable development, utilisation, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong Basin.

    The Mekong River Commission
    An Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.

    National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
    NAFRI consolidates agriculture and forestry research activities within the country.

    Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project
    Hydro power for Laos.

    Internet Directory of NGOs in the Lao PDR
    An on-line portal for information about NGOs working in Laos with contact information, detailed activities and projects, publications, photo galleries and more.
    Clean-up day at Wat Si Muang, Vientiane
    Clean-up day at Wat Si Muang


    History Review
    Brief history of Laos by Lao Embassy, Washington.
    Refugees from Laos - Historical Background and Causes
    From early history to Resistance.
    The Secret War
    The role of Laos in the Vietnam war.
    History of Laos
    Wikipedia entry on the history of Laos.

    Sources and additional Information on Lao

    Amnesty International: Laos

    BBC Country Profile: Laos

    Country Study - Laos

    FAO: Laos

    GlobalEDGE: Laos

    The Heritage Foundation: Laos

    Human Rights Watch: Laos

    OEC: Laos

    Reporters Without Borders: Laos

    Wikipedia: Laos

    The World Factbook -- Laos
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