Top tip: You won’t beat the rural pace
Apart from the Mekong River plains along the border of Thailand, the country is mountainous, particularly in the north, and in places is densely forested.
Throughout most of the country the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at there highest. The dry season runs from November to April.
Facts and Figures
|Area||236,800 sq km (91,400 sq miles).|
|Population||6,800,000 (2009 estimate)|
|Capital||Vientiane- population 754,000 (2009)|
|Language||The official language is Lao, however, many tribal languages are also spoken. French, Vietnamese and some English are in circulation.|
|Religion||The Laos-Lum (Valley laos) people follow the Hinayana (Theravada) form of Buddhism. The religions of the Laos Theung (Laos of the mountain tops) range from traditional Confucianism to animism and Christianity.|
|Time||GMT + 7|
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