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Laos is one of the poorest SE Asian nations. It has a surface area of 236,800 square kilometers and a population of about 7 million. One of its singularities is that there are at least 49 ethnic groups in this state which is clearly an amalgam of ethnic features.

This landlocked country shares borders with China and Myanmar on the NW, Thailand on the west, Cambodia in the north and Vietnam on the east. As a result of the above, it feels under pressure by its neighbors, a fact that impacted greatly its socio-economic and political growth and development.

So up until a few years ago Laos was struggling to keep up with the rest of its neighboring countries which was why many kept describing it as a 'forgotten' nation. All Asian countries were looking into the future, trying to respond to the new challenges that modern tourism and finance posed but things in Laos seemed to have been dealt with in totally different manner or maybe not even at all.

But everything changed in 2004 when Thailand made its move to bridge the gap between the two countries and thus initiating cooperation. It was the start of a new era for Laos which became easily accessible and less introverted. Even though it barely manages to keep up with China, which has charted an impressive route in terms of economics and finance, but at least Laos has impressive landscapes and destinations
to excite visitors.

The biggest city is the capital-city, Vientiane which could very well claim one of the lowest rankings worldwide as regards entertainment. Phra That Luang (the Great Stupa) built in the 16th century by King Setthathirat is a significant sight and a national symbol.

Our travel guide and advice will hopefully help you properly plan your trip to Laos.

Note: The aforementioned data were updated at the time of uploading this article. They may nonetheless change without prior notice. Please confirm the accuracy of such data prior to your departure for any given destination whatsoever

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