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Country Code : 856 
ISO Code : LAO
Currency : Lao Kip

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Welcome to Laos

Introducing Laos

Laos is a very small, beautiful country. If you like quiet, uncomplicated places whose people are friendly and easy-going, then Laos will be one of the most congenial places in the world for you to live and work. Laos is a socialist republic. The capital and largest city is Vientiane. The official language is Lao. Most people are Lao with a significant proportion of indigenous religion as well. Laos is known for its silk and local handicraft products - both of which are on display in Luang Prabang's night market, among other places. Another specialty is mulberry tea. Its ma   More more

Laos is a very small, beautiful country. If you like quiet, uncomplicated places whose people are friendly and easy-going, then Laos will be one of the most congenial places in the world for you to live and work. Laos is a socialist republic. The capital and largest city is Vientiane. The official language is Lao. Most people are Lao with a significant proportion of indigenous religion as well. Laos is known for its silk and local handicraft products - both of which are on display in Luang Prabang's night market, among other places. Another specialty is mulberry tea. Its many rivers criss-crossing the country and unspoilt national parks are ideal for activities such as trekking, kayaking and caving. The capital, Vientiane, and the other major towns have been spared major modern developments with traditional and colonial architecture still dominant. For now, Laos remains relatively isolated and undeveloped. Its capital, Vientiane, is more like a big village than a crowded Asian hub and life throughout the country is slow paced. But those who make the effort to explore further afield will be well rewarded with luscious landscapes, friendly people and unique glimpses of a country hardly changed for over a century. Here one can find most of the modern conveniences and yet can still live in at an unhurried pace travelling to and from places by riding one’s bike down dirt lanes, along the Mekong or amidst rice fields or temples and monks begging for alms. The majority of the Lao people are Buddhists. The Laos-Lum (Valley Laos) people follow the Hinayana (Theravada) form of Buddhism.Sticky Rice is a characteristic staple food and has cultural and religious significance to the Lao people. Laos is a landlocked country with many mountains and dense jungle. The main transport artery for the country until modern times was the Mekong River. The Mekong River runs either in or along the border of most of Laos. In the north the River runs much quicker and on a narrow path while in the south it spreads out before entering Cambodia. Laos shares international borders with China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar to the north-west. At the present time a tourist can cross legally with all the countries except Myanmar Pha That Luang in Vientiane, the national symbol of Laos. Recently, Laos has become popular with tourists for its relaxed style of living and reputation for having elements of the "original Asia" lost elsewhere. The official tourism slogan is "Simply Beautiful". The main attractions for tourists include Buddhist culture and colonial architecture in Luang Prabang; gastronomy and ancient temples in the capital of Vientiane; backpacking in Muang Ngoi Neua and Vang Vieng; ancient and modern culture and history in The Plain of Jars region; trekking and visiting hill tribes in a number of areas including Phongsaly and Luang Namtha; caves and waterfalls near Thakhek; relaxation, the Irrawaddy dolphin and Khone Phapheng Falls at Si Phan Don or as they are known in English, the Four Thousand Islands; Wat Phu, an ancient Khmer temple complex; and the Bolaven Plateau for waterfalls . Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is at its most comfortable.   More less

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