The country’s officially called the Lao People's Democratic Republic, bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Lao PDR is a landlocked country and covered by high mountainous ranges but crises-crossed by many rivers and stream. For centuries, it has been widely known by outsiders as the land of a million Elephants. The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane and other major cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Pakse.
Laos is a landlocked nation in Southeast Asia. About seventy percent of its geographic area is made up of mountain ranges, highlands, plateaux, and rivers cut through. Its location has often made it a buffer between more powerful neighboring states, as well as a crossroads for trade and communication.
Laos' isolation from foreign influence offers travellers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional southeast Asian life. The country retains a slow, rather old-fashioned charm, and its people – incredibly laidback and friendly, even by Asian standards. From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, Laos is the highlight of southeast Asia.
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