Laos is a landlocked (having no coastline) country of northeast-central mainland Southeast Asia. After being colonized by the French from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, Laos cultured had been infused with a European cultural element. After which intensified throughout the country’s embroilment in World War II and the Indochina wars, as well as a civil war of its own in the second half of the 20th century. Laos emerged from the turmoil in 1975 as a communist country guided by Marxist-Leninist ideology. Economic reforms of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including the development of tourism, have strengthened Laos’s economy, gradually shrinking the country’s debt and diminishing its dependence on international aid.
The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane and the currency is Lao kip
Where is Laos?Edit
How many people live in Laos?Edit
The total population in Laos was estimated at 6.5 million people according to the census figures in 2015. Lao-Tai forming the majority of populations at 62.4%, Mon-Khmer the second largest at 23.7% , Hmong-Mien third largest at 9.7% and finally minority Chinese-Tibetan at 2.9%.
What are the most common languages in Laos?Edit
Lao, also called Laotian, is the official as well as the dominant language in Laos.
Since it was a former France colony, French are also used by minority of population, and it is the language preferred by elite classes, those in higher professions, diplomats, and elders. Some Lao words have been incorporated into French giving it a local flavor unique to Laos. However, by the 1970s English had begun to slowly displace it.
Starting from 1975 onwards, under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Vietnamese became the third common languages in Laos and mostly used by the society elite.
What is the most common religion in Laos?Edit
The most common religion in Laos is Theravada Buddhism with 64.7% populations practicing it , Christianity with 1.7% population practicing it and other religions forming 33.6% of population practicing it .
What is the sport of Laos?Edit
National sport in Laos are known as Muay Lao which is a form of kickboxing similar to other Southeast Asian styles such as Thai Muay Thai and Burmese Lethwei.
There are also another national sports known as kataw which rules are as followed: It is played similar to volleyball except players are only allowed to use their feet, knees, chest or head to volley the ball over the net. Each team, also known as a regus, consists of four players, three of which are on the playing field at one time.
What are some important sites?Edit
Nong Kiaow - Also known by other names ,Muang Ngoi (the name of the surrounding district), it is located amidst gorgeous and towering limestone mountain with twisting river views. On the banks of the Nam Ou River, deep in the countryside of Northern Laos, it’s an entrancing, sleepy little spot.
One of the main attractions in Nong Khiaw is the Pha Tok Caves. These can be found some 2 kilometers outside of the town itself and the caves make up a section of the stunning limestone bluffs . These caves are also historically important as it is said to have been the hiding place of Pathet Lao at the time of the Second Indochina War.
Pha That Luang - In the native tounge, it meant “Great Stupa in Lao” as it is one of the most significant monument in Laos. The stupa has several terraces with each level representing a different stage of Buddhist enlightenment. The lowest level represents the material world; the highest level represents the world of nothingness. Pha That Luang was built in the 16th century on the ruins of an earlier Khmer temple. Pha That Luang was smashed by a Siamese invasion in 1828, then later reconstructed by the French in 1931