• Laos is a landlocked country.
  • It is boarded by Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Population of 6 million people.
  • Has reputation for having a slow pace. Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic) is also said to stand for Please Don’t Rush.
  • Formerly occupied as a French colony, blessing the region with fine bread. Gained independence in 1949. The Lao word originally used to describe French people (phalang) is now used to describe all foreigners.
  • One of the most bombed places in the world, with many unexploded ordnances (UXOs) left from the Vietnam War. UXOs accidents commonly occur when people try to disassemble them for scrap metal.
  • The Lao Tourism web page describes Laos as the “Land of a Million Elephants”. This is a gross exaggeration as there are only 500 in the wild and 1000 in captivity.