ASEAN Life Vol: 2 March - May 2014 - Page 10

© Digitalpress - Fotolia © paahboothai- Fotolia factoids Get an Instant Health Insurance Quote Now Hmongfrau in Laos Lao PDR: Grand Golden Stupa with Blue Sky before Sunset in Vientiane, Laos Serene, Unspoilt, Friendly and Warm INDIVIDUAL - SENIOR - GROUP - DENTAL People L There is a French saying that the ao PDR, or Laos, if you want a not- November, the season turns rainy. Laos, Vietnamese plant rice while Cambodians so-formal name, is a landlocked home to 6.25 million people, is subdivided watch the rice grow. However, the Lao listen country that borders Vietnam, into 16 provinces and one prefecture that to the rice grow. That is how visitors view the Thailand, China, Cambodia, and Myanmar. divides a total area of 236,800 square Lao people, laid-back and enjoying a slower Lao PDR is a multi-ethnic country where the kilometers or 91,428.991 square miles. Most pace of life. In Swahili, you say “hakuna majority of inhabitants are devout Buddhists. of the population live in the capital city of matata,” in Lao, they say “baw pen nyang.” The dominant language is Lao and French, with Vientiane and the district of Savannakhet. Both phrases mean “no problem” and that a single party Marxist-Leninist government. While still not in that stage to be truly an VISIT is how they approach life. History Lao PDR has 49 recognized ethnic international destination, the country has its Laos has an ancient history and a communities. Broadly they are categorized as own charm to attract intrepid visitors in search tumultuous past, characterized by a the Lao Loum from the lowlands, comprising of something different from the typical tourist succession of royal rulers, both benevolent 70% of the population, the Lao Theung from routes. Laos was the Best Tourist Destination and ruthless ones, invasions from neighboring the upland and the Lao Soung or the highland in the World for 2013. That’s a big accolade countries, civil strife including rebellions and Lao. The latter includes the H’mong people, for a still-developing country. military uprisings. Late in the 19th century, it the most well-known among all the ethnic became a Protectorate of French Indochina. groups in the country. Geography and Population For a brief period during the Second World More than one million international For a landlocked country, and the only War, Laos came under Japanese rule before tourists visited Lao PDR [