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Lao Country

Maps of Laos
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, lying mostly between latitudes 14° and 23°N (a small area is south of 14°), and longitudes 100° and 108°E. Its thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, the highest of which is Phou Bia at 2,818 metres (9,245 ft), with (...)
Rules to be respected
Everybody wants their country, their ways and customs, their laws and inhabitants, to be respected; Laotians too, have the right to expect tourists to have the correct attitude and behaviour towards their country. Unfortunately, this is far from being the case. [Extract from the (...)
Lao laws
The Lao legal system has just been made more accessible for foreign investors with the second batch of laws translated into English being handed over to the National Assembly. The translations, carried out in a collaborative effort by the UN Development Programme and the Singaporean (...)
Lao silk
Lao silk is a wild silk, and is defined by its exclusively hand-made method of manufacture. Because of this, it has a more unrefined look, which is more natural, not as smooth as its Indian, European and Chinese counterparts, which makes it noble, natural, and most of it is 100% bio. (...)
The people, tribes and ethnical groups of Laos
With nearly 5 million inhabitants on an area half the size of France, Laos is one of the least populated countries in S.E. Asia (17 inhabitants per km2). Laos counts about 80 ethnical groups which can be grouped into 4 families. Each group speaking its own dialect and having its own (...)
In this very poor country, one of the things you notice, is that nobody dies of hunger. Most families manage, not only to meet their needs, but even to put an important part of their small earnings to one side so as to participate in the small futile pleasures that make life (...)
Buddhism started in India 500 years before our era, more or less at the same time as Pythagore. It was first revealed by the words of a man of noble origin (the son of a King or a Rajah) who devoted his life to finding the remedy for all men’s hardships and tribulations, found it, and (...)
The Lao language
The Lao alphabet uses a calligraphy derived from that of India and very near to the Thai alphabet (we can find in these two languages, similar groups of consonants and vowels, having almost the same pronunciation.) Consonants There exists 34 consonants in the Lao language divided into (...)