Laos, or officially Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a landlocked (landlocked means no Ocean) country in Southeast Asia bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the country´s northwest, Vietnam to its east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. If you ever feel Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are too touristy, you definitely should visit Laos, here you will truly get a view of the culture and history in Laos, the nature, mountains and forests are very beautiful and rather unexplored and therefore it is a spectacular place for adventure as well. Our fun and interesting Laos facts will give you a great insight about this country.
Capial and Largest City: Vientiane with a population of 760,000 (source)
Official Language: Lao (French is another recognized language)
Demonym: Lao or Laotian
Religion: Buddhism (predominant), Christian and Others
Legislature: Unicameral National Assembly
Independence: 19 July 1949 (from France)
Republic Day: 2 December 1975
Area: 236,800 sq km
Population: 6.8 million (as of 2014)
Top 10 Fun And Interesting Facts About Laos
- The World´s most heavily bombed country in the World
More than two billion tons of bombs were dropped by the United States in Laos during the famous Vietnam War. Over 350,000 Laotions died during the U.S. bombing of Laos
- The Laotion New Year
This is not a single night celebration New Year, Loa People celebrate for whole 3 days, which is celebrated from 13-15 of April every year. Similiar to Thailand, they celebrate it with a water festival.
- One of the coolest national sports
Laos’ national sport is Kator, which is similar to volleyball but the players use their feet instead of their hands to get the ball over the net, it takes huge skills. Here is a cool video of Thailand VS Laos playing this sport> Kator. Kator is also called Sepak takraw
- Largest Waterfall in Southeast Asia
Laos has a lot of waterfalls to see, the largest is the Khone Papeng, which is also the largest in Southeast Asia. This is one of the main attractions in Laos.
- LA Top Level Domain sold
A real funny fact about Laos: The Country Laos sold the rights to its national domain (.la) to the city Los Angeles, therefore anyone can register an abcdefg.la domain without any restrictions.
- The Mekong River
This big River can easily be called the river which instils life in Laos, as it not only forms a vital transportation route for the local people, but also helps in generating electricity, irrigating crops and many people live off the fishing.
- A strict country
Foreign men are not allowed to “cohabit” with lao ladies. It is forbidden unless you are married. They are really strict and you will get punished if you break this rule. Don´t believe me? Read this story here
- Laos has some tasty beverages
Laos has it owned state brewery “Beerlao” it is a pretty good and very tasty beer, which is being exported to many countries. Another alcoholic beverage is “Lao Lao” which is also made in Laos and is similiar to whiskey, both made of rice. Laotion coffee is said to be on of the best in the world (the best in Southeast Asia), Coffee contributes to a big part of the exported products, biggest agricultural export of the country. (source)
- 4000 Islands but which one is really the best?
There are 3 main tourist islands to visit within the 4000 islands in Laos: Don Khong, Don Det, and Don Kho. 4000 Islands in Laos is called “Si Phan Don” These Islands are basically a riverine archipelago located in the Mekong River, in southern Laos. (source)
- A huge Drug producer???
Laos is a part of the Golden Triangle and one of the largest opium producers in whole Asia.That´s it with our most fun and interesting facts about Laos. If you liked it, please share 🙂 we would appreciate it