Laos, commonly known as Muang Lao is a Southeast Asian country landlocked by Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Laos, soaked in rich cultural tradition, is home to atmospheric Buddhist temples, places of interest and enigmatic heritage sites. It is traversed by the Mekong River and dotted with quaint hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries.
Visit languid Luang Prabang, the Unesco-protected city, explore exquisite Buddhist temples, Royal palaces and French colonial buildings, together with restaurants and roadside cafes. Learn the craft of bamboo weaving and batik at social enterprise Ock Pop Tok. Tourists can enjoy annual festivals such as the Luang Prabang Film Festival and the autumn Lai Heua Fai fireboat festival.
Laos offers many off-the-beaten track for trekking, cycling, climbing and kayaking. Tourists can take kayaking trips along the popular Nam Xong River, Nam Lik River and the Nam Hin Boun River.
Laotians are welcoming and polite to tourists. When visiting religious sites, tourists should take care to dress in a long sleeved and shoulder-covered shirt as well as long pants. Monks are revered and respected in Laos. Women should avoid touching a monk or a monk's robe. Tourists should avoid touching the local’s head as it is impolite to do so.
- Capital: Vientiane
- Dialing code: +856
- Currency: Lao Kip
- Population: 6.77 million (2013) World Bank
- When to Visit: All year-round
- Climate: Tropical monsoon climate, rainy season from May - Oct, dry season from Nov - Feb, dry season in March and April
Climate: Tropical monsoon climate, rainy season from May - Oct, dry season from Nov - Feb, dry season in March and April
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