How did Laos end up with a single-party communist government?

Throughout most of its history, Laos was caught between larger neighbors, competing empires, and shifting political alliances. Because of its strategic location between China and Thailand, Laos frequently came under attack from a variety of conquerors, most notably the Siamese, the French, and the United States each of whom had an interest … Read more

10 Interesting Facts About Laotian Geography

Laos is a landlocked country located in the heart of Southeast Asia. The Laotian people live in a country of interesting and wonderful geography whose terrain ranges from low-lying river deltas to towering mountains. From the mountaintops that border China to the Mekong River and its tributaries, Laos offers a study in … Read more

Guide to Laotian Geography

Laos country map

Southeast Asia’s sole landlocked country and independent republic, Laos is located west of Vietnam and northeast of Thailand. It occupies a region of 236,800 square kilometers in the middle of Southeast Asia’s peninsula and is bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and the People’s Republic of … Read more

Learn About the Climate in Laos

Laos weather

Roughly 6.5 million people are living in the Republic of Laos, who are frequently categorized into lowland, Midland, and upland Laotians based on elevation. The Lao, who make up the majority of the population and reside primarily in the lowlands, are the largest ethnic group. The Khmou, at 11%, the Hmong, at … Read more

Learn About Theravada Buddhism

Laos Theravada Buddhism

As its location on the map of southeast Asia might imply, Laos is the result of early contact between the Khmers of Cambodia and the Thais who eventually established Thailand. Laos is a landlocked nation squeezed between Thailand to the west and Vietnam to the east and shares shorter borders with Burma … Read more

Learn About Animism in Laos

Laos Animism

Laos is a country with diverse religions and cultures. In Laos, almost two-thirds of the people identify as Buddhist (64.7 percent). Laos’s former official religion was Buddhism. Buddhism is still the dominating cultural force in modern-day Laos, despite the fact that this is no longer the case. Indeed, the nation and its … Read more

Learn about Agriculture in Laos

rice farming in Laos

Laos, a country in Southeast Asia, has a land mass of 23.68 million hectares, of which at least 5 million hectares are suitable for farming (about 21 percent). In Laos, agriculture is the most significant economic sector. Five million of Laos’ total land area—23,680,000 hectares—are suitable for cultivation, and as of the … Read more

Introduction to Laotian Governmental Structure

Introduction to Laotian Governmental Structure

Along with Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, and China, Laos is one of the final strongholds of communism. It is a single-party communist government where the Laotian People’s Revolutionary Party officially rules the nation (LPRP). However, Laos’ Communist Party is reluctant to appear to be an obviously communist organization. In fact, there are … Read more

Learn About the History of the u Lạc Kingdom

An image of a temple inside Cổ Loa Citadel built in the 16th century

Au Lac was a fictitious kingdom that was said to have ruled over portions of present-day Guangxi and northern Vietnam. It was a union of Nam Cng (U Viet) and Văn Lang (Lc Viet) and was founded in 257 BCE by a person known as Thc Phán (King An Dng). However, it … Read more

Learn About the History of the Nanyue Kingdom

A statue of Zhao Tuo

The contemporary Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macau, southern Fujian, and central to northern Vietnam were all part of the ancient kingdom of Nanyue, which was ruled by Chinese emperors of the Zhao line. Following the fall of the Qin dynasty in 204 BC, Zhao Tuo, the Commander of … Read more

Learn About the History of the Hồng Bàng Dynasty

Hanoi’s Flag Tower

In Vietnamese historiography, the Hng Bàng period, also known as the Hng Bàng dynasty, was a legendary, largely fictitious period that lasted from the beginning of Kinh Dng Vng’s control over the kingdom of Văn Lang in 2879 BC to An Dng Vng’s conquest of the state in 258 BC. The first … Read more

Taste Bahn Xèo, the Sumptuous Crepe of Vietnam

Taste Bahn Xèo, the Sumptuous Crepe of Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its crispy, filled rice pancakes known as Banh xèo which is a local Vietnamese term for a sizzling pancake. The name alludes to the sound the sizzling rice batter makes when it is thrown onto the hot skillet which is from the Chinese word xèo. Using rice flour, … Read more