23 Lifting Facts About Laos

Fancy boosting your knowledge of this truly fascinating country? Take a look at these 23 facts about Laos!Interesting Facts About Laos

Geographical stats…

  1. Laos is a mountainous, landlocked country in southeast Asia.
  2. In fact, it is the only landlocked country in southeast Asia!
  3. Previously under French rule, Laos gained full independence in 1954.
  4. It is bordered by China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) to the west.
  5. Looking to set up camp in the wonderfully dense forests of Laos? Head for the coordinates of 17.9667° N, 102.6000° E for your very own Laotian adventure!
  6. The terrain here is mostly mountainous and rugged, intersected by plains and plateaus.
  7. The total land area of Laos is 91,429 square miles (236,800 square kilometres)…
  8. …that’s slightly smaller than the UK.
  9. Laos’ population was 6,911,544 in 2015…
  10. …that’s around 1/10th the UK population!
  11. Residents here are known as Laos or Laotians.
  12. The capital is Vientiane; it covers an area of 1,514 square miles (3,920 square kilometres) and had a population of 997,000 in 2015.
  13. Laotians enjoy a tropical monsoon climate with a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November.
  14. Laos boasts a variety of wildlife, including elephants, turtles, rhinos, tigers, tortoises, snakes, leopards, gibbons, pheasants and even beetles!
  15. The Khone Phapheng waterfall on the Mekong River is the widest waterfall in the world, measuring up to 14km (8.7 miles) wide during the monsoon season!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Laos is Lao, although French and English are also spoken here, amongst lesser known ethnic languages.
  2. If you fancy a drop or two of Lao Lao (rice whiskey), you’ll need to exchange your GBP for Laotian Kip, the official currency here.
  3. Laotians live for an average of 64 years.
  4. In Luang Prabang, bars and restaurants close at 11.30pm every night and most guesthouses operate a midnight curfew for tourists; this is in place so that locals and visitors can rise early in the morning to distribute alms (offerings such as money or food) to the monks!

Industry insights…

  1. Laos grows vegetables, sweet potatoes, tobacco, cotton, peanuts, corn and coffee; they also rear water buffalo, cattle, poultry and pigs here.
  2. Its industry consists of timber, copper mining, tin mining, gypsum mining, tourism, agricultural processing and electric power.
  3. Laos exports wood products, electricity, coffee, tin, gold, copper and garments.

Bonus Fact!

  1. If you’re planning on heading to Laos for a relaxing retreat, let your friends and family know that they can make cheap calls to Laos with Cherry Call – you’ll also need the international dialling code of 00856.

For all the latest Laotian news, head over to the Vientiane Times website.

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