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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
Gustave Flaubert

Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • General Facts 

    • Population: 7,004,789 people
    • Capital:Vientiane; 783,000 people
    • Area: 91,429 square miles
    • Language: Lao
    • Religion: Buddhist
    • Currency: Kip
    • Life Expectancy: 54 years old
    • GDP per Capita: U$D $1,531
    • Literacy Rate: 73 percent

    Other Fun Facts:

    • The Plain of Jars is an area with over 300 giant jars of unknown origin that vary in size from 2.5 to 11 meters in height.
    • Pimai (pee-my), the Lao New Year, is the country’s most important holiday. The 3 day festivities take place in mid-April and consists of washing Buddha statues.
    • Laos has been tagged as the “World’s Most Bombed Country.” Thousands of live ordinances are still active in the ground from the Vietnam War.
    • Laos' food staple is sticky rice, glutinous rice balls dipped it in sauces including; Diosuki (a peanut based sauce)
    • The oldest modern human fossil was found in a cave in northern Laos and is believed to have been 46,000 years old.
    • Hundreds of years ago, Laos was called Lan Xang meaning “kingdom of a million elephants.”
    • Laos is a very poor country. Most people don’t have electricity or running water.

    Our Suggestions

    • Lao BBQ is an arrangement of meats (raw) and a mini-hibachi and sauces.  Delicious!
    • Fantastic Indian Food can be found in many cities across Laos. (Phonsavanh's Nisha)
    • Bia Lao - Lao Beer is some of the best in the world!  LaoLao (rice liquor) is widely sipped and stay away from the brown variety.
    • The plain of Jars is one of the weirdest places we have visited.
    • The ViangXai Caves are very interesting in the North East and give a rich history from a different perspective on the Vietnam War.
    • Vang Vieng is one of the most beautiful places we have been.  Do the river tubing if they are still doing it.

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