Here are some basic facts about Laos that may help make your travel preparation or planning easier.
Name used for Laos
- Lao - used by Lao people (the 's' is dropped in Lao language)
- Laos - Short form and commonly used in general
- Lao PDR (Lao People's Democratic Republic) - Formal
Basic Facts about Laos
Head of State:
President Choummaly Sayasone (since 2006)
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Lao (official), English, French, Chinese, Vietnamese and various ethnic languages are spoken
The majority are Buddhists, hill tribes' religions range from Confucianism to animism and Christianity
236,800 sq km (91,400 sq miles)
6.8 million (estimated early 2009)
27 per sq km.
Lao (or Laotian)
Lao Kip (LAK). Find out about Laos currency
220 volts AC, 50 Hz. 2-pin flat or round plugs are in use.
GMT + 7 (12 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time)
Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to October or early November); dry season (Late November or December to April). Check out Laos climate for more details
Laos is made up of mountains, some plains and plateaus. More than half of the country's area is covered by forest.