UniEel Experiencing: Laos

Laos is a country located in Asia. The nation is known for having its amazing range of architecture, monasteries and mountainous terrain. Laos is landlocked, sharing borders with Thailand, Cambodia, China, Vietnam and Myanmar. The climate of Laos features a tropical monsoon – with March and April featuring the best weather. Between May and October, rain is common. The population of the country is approximately 6,750,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Laos is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.





Nation: Laos
Continent: Asia
Capital: Vientiane
Land Mass: 92,000 square miles
Population: 6,750,000
Religion: Buddhism
Language: Lao
Currency: Kip


Laos has an interesting history. The Kingdom of Lan Xang, which began in the 14th Century, laid the foundations for the modern-day Laos. In the 19th Century, Laos would come under the rule of France – with its geographical position proving useful. Laos would be invaded by several nations during World War II. Independence was ostensibly declared in 1945, but it was short-lived, with Japanese troops occupying parts of the nation. France remained in official control until 1953, when Laos finally gained full independence. Laos would engage in both a Civil War, and indirectly in the Vietnam War in the subsequent years. Laos was heavily bombed by US forces during the latter war, with some unexploded bombs still regularly discovered to this day. The Civil War ended when the monarchy were forced to abdicate. In more recent times, Laos has been growing economically, while infrastructure has markedly improved. Laos is also part of the World Trade Organisation.


Things to Do and See:

Laos features many different things to see! The nation is well known for its religious sites. Some popular buildings include Wat Xieng Thong, Vat Phou and Wat Si Saket. Kuang Si Falls is a very popular location to visit – it features an amazing waterfall surrounded by picturesque views. As mentioned earlier, Laos contains several mountains, with Mount Phousi popular for hiking. Phu Chi Fa is another popular mountain. General landmarks that are popular to visit include the huge Pha That Luang and Patuxai. There are also many museums in Laos that are popular with visitors – with the most famous being the Royal Palace. There are a range of tours available throughout the country – especially in the capital Vientiane. While there are no coastal areas, there are plenty of lakes to visit.



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Laos is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Laos certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Laos, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Laos, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Laos at this link. Happy travelling!




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