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Land-locked by Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, Laos covers an area roughly the size of Great Britain much of which is dominated by mountains and rivers. For many years Laos has lay over-shadowed by it's more lively neighbours, causing much of it to remain undeveloped. Local culture is largely based on Theravada Buddhism which not only makes Laos a peaceful destination to travel within, but also lends it's people a unique charm and friendliness.

What to see

No trip to Laos would be complete without a stay in the peaceful town of Luang Prabang. Best known for its high concentration of Buddhist temples and serene location on the banks of Mekong, Luang Prabang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Of Laos’ many rivers, certainly the most notable is the Mekong. It runs from the north-west to the most southern tip of Laos, forming a natural border with Thailand. You could spend several days cruising the river, providing a great opportunity to see some of the more remote areas of the country, which are often inaccessible by road. The Plain of Jars in the north is also an interesting sight, the landscape being dotted with hundreds of mysterious and centuries-old stone jars.

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Key Facts

Capital: Vientiane
Flying time from London: 12 hours 40 minutes
Time difference: +7 GMT
Population: 6.3 million
Currency: The Kip (LAK)
Official Language(s): Lao, French
Visa (UK Passport Holders): A visa is required, you will get the visa application form on the plane and you will need one passport sized photograph.

Before You Go:

Flying Through Midnight

John T. Halliday (2007)
In 1970, a young American pilot arrived at a dusty, half-deserted U.S. air force base and found himself on a battlefront he’d never heard of: the secret black-ops war in Laos.

Laos: Culture and Society

Grant Evans (2000)
An insight into Laos’ culture through a variety of means including literature, tourism, ethnic minorities and the activities of nationalists.
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