Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.
Dialing code: +856
Currency: Lao kip
Population: 6.77 million (2013) World Bank
Official language: Lao
Laos Facts and Culture
- Food and Recipes: In a home setting, meals are served while siting on a mat. The Lao eat with a fork in… More
- Family: The eldest man is the patriarch of the family. The Lao have great respect for their parents and elders…. More
- Fashion: Lao women wear western- style blouses with colorful calf-length, sarong-style skirts made of locally hand-woven materials in multicolor designs and… More
- Visiting: Bringing a gift when visiting is not necessary. Women frequently sit with legs off to one’s side. It.
|Government Type||Communist state|
|Total Area||91,428 Square Miles
236,800 Square Kilometers
|Location||Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam|
|Language||Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages|