Quick Facts about Laos
|Name of the country||Lao People's Democratic Republic||Major Religion||Theravada Buddhist|
|Official languages||Lao, French (Recognised languages)||Area||237,955 km2|
|Largest city||Vientiane||Population||7,123,205 (2019)|
|Capital city||Vientiane||Currency||Kip (₭) (LAK)|
|Major cities||Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse, Si Phan Don||Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|State Seal||Continent||Southeastern Asia|
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites||Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang – Plain of Jars (2019)|
Town of Luang Prabang (1995)
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape (2001)
|Temperature||16 °C - 34 °C (i.e. 61 °F - 93 °F)|
|Traditional festivals||Pi Mai(Lao New Year), Boun Suang Heua (Boat Racing Festival), Lai Heua Fai (Fire Boat Festival)||Mejor River||Mekong River|
Where is Laos – Is Laos in Southeast Asia
Vientiane is the capital and the largest city of Laos, located on the Mekong River in the northern portion of the country. Vientiane has about 683,000 residents in 2020.
Vientiane houses the most important national monument in Laos - That Luang, which was thought as the symbol of Laos and Lao Buddhism. Visitors can also found many other significant Buddhist temples in the capital, such as Haw Phra Kaew.
Is Laos dangerous for tourists?
Laos in one of the poorest countries in the world. However, Laos is relatively safe for visitors from certificated travel agency. There are occasional reports of theft and bag snatching, but these dangerous can be avoided by taking care of your belongings.
Solo travelers, women or backpackers might face high dangerous rate in Laos, so the best way to travel safe in Laos is following your guides and partners in a reliable travel agency.
Laos has a mostly tropical savanna climate. Most parts in Laos is often very hot and humid throughout the year.
Its weather system is quite similar with other Southeast Asia countries – a dry season lasted about five months from November to late April, a wet season from May to October.
Money Used in Laos – Kip
The Lao Kip(K) is the national currency of Laos, but US dollars (US$) and Thai baht (B) are also commonly acceptable in certain area, such as hotel,
The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K), but Thai baht (B) and US dollars (US$) are also commonly accepted.