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Etymology. The English word Laos was coined by the French, who united the three Lao kingdoms in French Indochina in 1893 and named the country as the plural of the dominant and most common ethnic group, which are the Lao people.

An Authentic Asia. Laos retains many of the traditions that have disappeared in a frenzy of development elsewhere in the region. It's hard to believe somnolent Vientiane is an Asian capital, and there's a timeless quality to rural life, where stilt houses and paddy fields look like they are straight out of a movie set.

Laos, landlocked country of northeast-central mainland Southeast Asia.It consists of an irregularly round portion in the north that narrows into a peninsula-like region stretching to the southeast.

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Despite its small population, Laos has 49 ethnic groups, or tribes, from which Lao, Khmou and Hmong constitute approximately three-quarters of the population.

More information about Laos is available on the Laos Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.. U.S.-LAOS RELATIONS

Laos is a mountainous country with a rich history that stretches back 10,000 years. With Buddhism as its main religion, there are hundreds of Buddhist monasteries, temples and stupas in just about every city in Laos, with the most popular ones scattered across Luang Prabang.

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Exercise normal precautions in Laos. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

INSPIRING LAOS TAKES SHAPE Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office have launched Inspiring Laos, a new website that promises to inspire more travellers to visit Lao PDR.

Geography . A landlocked nation in Southeast Asia occupying the northwest portion of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. It is twice the size of

Religion. The predominant religion of Laos is Theravada Buddhism.Buddhism was the state religion of the prerepublic kingdom of Laos, and the organization of the community of monks and novices, the clergy (sangha), paralleled the political hierarchy.

Laos La·os (lous, lā′ŏs′) A country of southeast Asia. Once part of the Khmer Empire, the region became a powerful Lao kingdom (14th-15th century) and was later ...

In Laos, USAID helps reduce child nutritional stunting and improve household nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

Laos is a state in Southeast Asia, on the Indochinese Peninsula. It is a landlocked country bounded by the People’s Republic of China in the north, Vietnam in the northeast and east, Cambodia in the south, Thailand in the west, and Burma in the northwest.

Laos is a great place to visit at any time of the year as the weather doesn't vary much – it’s always hot and humid! The coolest time to visit is from November to January.

Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos.

What’s Left in Laos After a Massive Dam Collapsed . A multibillion-dollar dam, meant to boost Laos’s economy, collapsed and led to the deaths of dozens, with many still missing.

Contemporary Examples. of laos. Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.

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Laos >> Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone - Wikipedia

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Laos >> Japanese paradise flycatcher - Wikipedia

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Laos >> 2001 Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, Fitness Olympia

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Laos >> Dendrobium chrysotoxum Lindley

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Laos >> Lar Gibbon | Common name: Lar Gibbon ♀ Scientific name: Hylo… | Flickr

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Laos >> Factsheet - Pinus kesiya

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Laos >> Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - HawkeBackpacking.com

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Laos >> Indochine française — Wikipédia

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Laos >> Tschad

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Laos >> Ascocentrum ampullaceum

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