Laos

General Information about Laos

Located at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is a land-locked country which shares its border with Myanmar and China to its northwest, Cambodia to its southwest, Vietnam to its east, and Thailand to its west. At present, despite a limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. On a tour to Laos, travelers will surely enjoy the country’s rich culture and history, natural beauty, Buddhist customs, and the gentle and friendly Lao people.

Laos’ history can be traced back to the 14th century with the foundation of the kingdom of Lan Xang (Million Elephants), which was established by a Lao prince Fa Ngum. For more than three centuries, Lan Xang prospered into one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia. Under the kingdom, Laos was an important overland trade center and Vientiane became a main commercial hub. Theravada Buddhism became the main religion of the country. Lan Xang existed from 1354 to 1707, and then the country underwent an internal conflict. In 1893, it was colonized by the French and not until 1953 did Laos declare its independence. Shortly after the independence, a civil war took place and Lao People’s Revolutionary Party governed the country since 1975.

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Etiquette & social customs in Laos

Social conventions and customs vary throughout the countries and regions of Indochina, but in general they are fairly similar, so what is good manners in Vietnam or Cambodia will likely be good manners in Laos - and vice versa...

Food in Laos

Sticky rice is the staple dish of Laos, with more being consumed here than anywhere else in the world. Lao people will even refer to themselves as luk khao niaow, which can be translated as "children of sticky rice"....

Elephant Festival Xayaboury

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Wat Phou Festival

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