Laos


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Laos

Lao is a landlocked country where ecotourism thrives with superb biodiversity, cultural heritage and friendly people.

Geography

Laos is located in Southeast Asia and it is surrounded by Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Laos has a total land area of 236,800 square kilometers and is very mountainous. The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane.

Climate

The climate throughout Laos is monsoonal. There’re three distinct seasons a rainy season from May through October; a cool dry season from November through February and a hot dry season in March and April.

Languages

Lao is the official language of Laos. English and French are primarily used in business communication. Many of the older generation can speak a bit of French while the younger generations speak English.

Religion

Most of the Laotian populations practice Theravada Buddhism. There are still small number of Christians, Muslim and Animists living throughout the country.

Cultures & Festivals

Laos celebrates many annual festivals called „Boun“. Festivals in Laos are mainly linked to agricultural seasons or historical Buddhist holidays. The festival dates are calculated according to the Buddhist lunar calendar.

Currency

Laos‘ official currency is the Kip. Even though kip is the official currency, in reality there are three currencies are used for commerce: kip, Thai baht and US dollars. In larger cities, baht and US dollars are easily accepted at most businesses; however in smaller towns kip is usually preferred. It is good to note that Lao kip is not convertible to any currency outside of the Lao PDR.

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