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Loas, the land of smiles
Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Since 1975, it has been ruled by a Marxist and communist government. Its population was estimated to be around 6.8 million in July 2014. Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms—Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Champasak — uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.

Main Tourist Towns and Attractions in Laos

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Relax in the quiet town of Vientiane, the perfect addition to your Laos Experience. Vientiane, a charming and relaxing jewel in Laos. With its French styled architecture and friendly people, it is like a larger version of Kampot, Cambodia. Being inhabitant for more than 1000 years, and being the Capital of Laos for over 450 years, Vientiane has a rich history. Modern restaurants with a view of the Mekong River are a short distance away from temples dating back to the 16th century and earlier.


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