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  Laos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked socialist republic communist state in southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.
Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, founded in the 14th century, which lasted until the 18th century, when Siam invaded and assumed control of the separate principalities that remained.
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia and the thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, the highest of which is Phou Bia at 9,242 feet (2,817 m), with some plains and plateaus.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Laos   (2398 words)

 History of Laos
Laos was a low-key French protectorate, known as the land of the lotus-eaters, where an indolent lifestyle prevailed.
Laos became a pawn of the superpowers, with Hmong tribesmen trained by CIA agents, Thai mercenaries fighting for the Royal Lao government, and the Pathet Lao receiving help from the Chinese, the Russians, and the Vietminh.
During the Vietnam War, Laos was effectively partitioned into four spheres of influence: the Chinese in the north, the Vietnamese along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the east, the Thais in western areas controlled by the US-backed Royal Lao Government, and the Khmer Rouge operating from parts of the south.
www.visit-laos.com /sabbaidee/history.htm   (1891 words)

 Laos (10/05)
Laos' population was estimated at 5.7 million in 2004, dispersed unevenly across the country.
Laos was not granted full sovereignty until the French defeat by the Vietnamese and the subsequent Geneva peace conference in 1954.
For nearly a decade, Laos was subjected to extremely heavy bombing as the U.S. sought to destroy the portion of the Ho Chi Minh Trail that passed through eastern Laos.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2770.htm   (3040 words)

 Laos hotels and travel information - Vientiane and Luang Prabang guesthouses
The People's Democratic Republic of Lao is located in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with china to the north, Myanmar to the northwest, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
The landscapes of northern Laos and the regions adjacent to Vietnam in particular are dominated hills.
Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - the rainy season from the beginning of May to the end of September and the dry season from October though to April.
www.resorthotel.net /laos   (395 words)

 Index of Economic Freedom 2006 - Laos
Laos has undertaken several reform initiatives, such as implementation of anti-corruption legislation and privatization of state-owned enterprises, but any significant change in the near future is unlikely.
Laos continues to improve relations with its neighbors, particularly Thailand and Vietnam, through growing trade and investment relations and the exchange of high-level official visits.
Importing from and exporting to Laos still requires authorization from several national and local authorities, which can be a time-consuming and less-than-transparent process." Based on the higher tariff rate, as well as a revision of the trade factor methodology, Laos's trade policy score is 0.5 point worse this year.
www.heritage.org /research/features/index/country.cfm?id=Laos   (1013 words)

 Laos travel guide - Wikitravel
A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.
Lao Theung (20-30%), or "upland Lao", live on mid-altitude slopes (officially defined as 300m to 900m), and are by far the poorest group, formerly used as slave labor by the Lao Loum.
Laos is officially Buddhist, and the national symbol, the gilded stupa of Pha That Luang, has replaced the hammer and sickle even on the state seal.
wikitravel.org /en/Laos   (3285 words)

Lao citizens who wish to have a foreign citizen -- including a family member -- stay in their home must obtain prior approval from the village chief.
The Law on Lao Nationality holds that if one or both parents of a child are Lao nationals who have not permanently settled in another country, then the child is a Lao citizen, even if the child is born outside Laos.
Lao police frequently impose large fines on foreign citizens a few days after they hold an engagement ceremony with a Lao citizen based on the suspicion that the couple probably subsequently had sexual relations out of wedlock.
travel.state.gov /travel/laos.html   (3911 words)

 Laos Travel Information | Lonely Planet Destination Guide
Laos' isolation from foreign influence offers travellers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional Southeast Asian life.
From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, Laos is the highlight of Southeast Asia.
Aboard transport such as trucks, buses or river boats in Laos, women are expected to ride inside.
www.lonelyplanet.com /worldguide/destinations/asia/laos   (306 words)

 Laos Information
Laos is a communist state with the capital in Vientiane.
The Laos flag consists of three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band.
Laos is a landlocked country with a primitive infrastructure; that is, it has no railroads, a rudimentary road system, limited external and internal telecommunications, and electricity available in only a limited area.
sunsite.nus.sg /SEAlinks/laos-info.html   (376 words)

 Laos Hotels
A small town in southern Laos, Champasak was once the throne of the Kingdom of Champasak, a satellite state which was overthrown by the French in 1945.
Northern Laos is indeed a heavenly destination for trevellers....
Phonsavan, the capital city of Xieng Khuang province, is considered one of the jewels of Laos.
www.laos-hotels.com /laos   (556 words)

 Laos Hotels, Online Reservations for Hotels in Laos with Discounts!
Total area of Laos is 236,800 square kilometers, three quarters of which is mountainous and forest-covered 40 % while the country is rich in natural resources, such as mineral deposits, including 1 billion tons of high quality iron are between 60-70%, lead, gold, tin and 8200-8232 calorie/gram coal.
Although the Lao P.D.R. has no direct access to the sea, it has the Mekong River which is the main river of the country flowing north to south.
The Population of the Lao P.D.R. is estimated at 4,581,128 (1995) and population density remains one of the lowest in the region at 19 persons per square kilometer with a population increase rate of 2.64 %.
www.eyeonlaos.com   (431 words)

 LAOS : The Secret War
Situations inside Laos worsened in intensity during the late 1950's and early 1960's when The Soviet Union and Red China sought to establish worldwide Communism by stimulating anti-government revolution in nations around the world, where weapons, warfare training and other support was provided to fuel rebellion.
The Kingdom of Laos was being attacked and villages invaded, leaving dead and mutilated civilians as the communists expanded their historic intrusions into Laos territory, while better armed than ever before.
Then twenty-two (22) YEARS after America 'officially' abandoned Laos, the Hmong were honored for the 'first time' by our Congressmen during a ceremony on 14 May 1997 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where some 3,000 Hmong gathered with representatives from the USAF, CIA and friends.
www.angelfire.com /in/Laos   (4663 words)

 Laos Eco-Tours & Travel - Trips by JOURNEYS International
Laos travel needs to be undertaken carefully, but our tour guides know how to keep our travelers safe and comfortable in small lodges and hotels.
Savor the crafts, culture and hospitality of Laos with a river trip, visits to ancient temples, a gorgeous palace and traditional villages.
On this JOURNEY we'll visit villages in the northern provinces of Thailand and Laos, where these two countries share borders and cultures with Burma in the ethnically diverse region known as The Golden Triangle.
www.journeys-intl.com /destinations/asia/laos   (369 words)

The current flag was adopted in 1975 and was the flag of the Pathet Lao.
The Lao Issara wanted a national flag that would have no royal symbol on it to be separate from the royal flag (as Thailand had done.) The design they choose was the current Lao flag, though I don't know if they ever officially made it the flag of Laos.
A road, a paddy field a forest, and a hydroelectric dam are depicted in the middle of the circle.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/la.html   (639 words)

 Laos hotels and tours,travel information in Vientiane and Luang Prabang   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The People's Democratic Republic of Laos, also known as Lao PDR is situated in the heart of French Indochina, landlocked between Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Laos is one of the poorest and least visited countries in the world.
The Lao people are known for their gentle polite nature and for their charming hospitality.
www.laos-travel.net   (175 words)

 A Visit to Laos, by Noam Chomsky
Officials of the Lao, American, North Vietnamese, and other governments were also helpful with information, and I was fortunate to obtain access to a large collection of documentary material accumulated by residents of Vientiane over the past few years.
Asked whether the Pathet Lao were attempting to build a clandestine organization within Vientiane to exploit such grievances and plan for an ultimate take-over, he said that to his knowledge they were not, but that there was also no necessity to do so.
The Pathet Lao tended more to live among the people and recruited peasants from the area, while the intellectuals were, for the most part, with Kong Le and the neutralists.
www.chomsky.info /articles/19700723.htm   (14083 words)

 Lao - Lao PDR - Lan Xang - Southeast Asia: Laos
Laos is the least developed asian landlocked country, surrounded by China in the north, Burma (Myanmar) to the north-west, Thailand in the south-west, Cambodia (Kampuchia) in the south-east, and Vietnam to the east.
The unit of currency in Laos is the new kip (921.13 new kips equal U.S.$1; 1996).
The Embassy of the Lao P.D.R in Thailand.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/laos.htm   (669 words)

A landlocked nation in Southeast Asia occupying the northwest portion of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma.
Laos is a mountainous country, especially in the north, where peaks rise above 9,000 ft (2,800 m).
By the Geneva agreements of 1954 and an armistice of 1955, two northern provinces were given to the Pathet Lao: the rest went to the royal regime.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107702.html   (1016 words)

 Ethnologue report for Laos
Southern Laos, mainly in Saravan and Sekong provinces.
Central Laos inland from the bend of the Mekong, Nhang River, around Nape, Kammouan Province and Lak Sao, Bolikhamxay Province, Hinboun District.
The Lao Kao went to Thailand and are in Nan, Loei, Saraburi, and elsewhere; the Lao-Khrang are in the Nakhonsawan and Nakhon Pathom area.
www.ethnologue.com /show_country.asp?name=Laos   (1882 words)

 USAID - Asia and the Near East - Countries - Laos
Laos is among the poorest, least developed countries in Asia, with an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $330 per capita in 2001.
Agriculture remains the main economic activity in the country, contributing 53 percent to GDP and employing 85 percent of the labor force.
Nonetheless, Laos has significant economic potential because of its rich natural resources and its proximity to major Asian economies.
www.usaid.gov /locations/asia_near_east/countries/laos/laos.html   (161 words)

UNDP is partnering with the national government, bilateral and multilateral partners, the private sector and civil society to establish an appropriate framework to meet the MDGs.
Working closely with the Lao PDR Government to ensure that local skills are enhanced and that regulations are in place to better mange the parliamentary, judiciary and socio-economic sectors.
The National Unexploded Ordnance Lao (UXO Lao) programme has been working to reduce the number of civilian causality caused by unexploded ordnance and to increase the land area available for agriculture and development.
www.undplao.org   (518 words)

 Laos Travel Guide
Landlocked Laos has a rich history stretching back 10,000 years.
Sabbai Dee and welcome to Laos, the 'land of a million elephants' and one of the last places to see old Indochina.
The pace of Laos is slow and its people relaxed and friendly.
www.laos-hotels.com /travel-guide/laos/index.htm   (523 words)

 Laos - The Internet Travel Guide (FAQ) (part 1/2)
Luang Phabang, Laos' old royal capital, is a UNESCO world heritage site and has some of the most beautiful temples in the world.
Located some 650 km northeast of Vientiane, they were used by Pathet Lao during the Vietnam War to escape the extremely heavy USA bombing (in more than 500000 sorties over 2 million tons of bombs were dropped).
Restaurants A good place to eat typical Lao food, drink Lao beer (a two liter jug for LAK 1200, half a jug for half of it) and relax for a beautiful sunset is the Mixai restaurant on the Mekong.
www.faqs.org /faqs/travel/laos-guide/part1   (4643 words)

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