Laos

Pha That Luang in Vientiane is the national symbol of Laos.
Fa Ngum, founder of the Lan Xang Kingdom
Local Lao soldiers in the French Colonial guard, c. 1900
French General Salan and Prince Sisavang Vatthana in Luang Prabang, 4 May 1953
Ruins of Muang Khoun, former capital of Xiangkhouang province, destroyed by the American bombing of Laos in the late 1960s
Pathet Lao soldiers in Vientiane, 1972
Mekong River flowing through Luang Prabang
Paddy fields in Laos
Laos map of Köppen climate classification.
Flag of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ASEAN heads of state in New Delhi on 25 January 2018
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016
Hmong girls in Laos, 1973
A proportional representation of Laos exports, 2019
GDP per capita development in Laos
Near the sanctuary on the main upper level of Vat Phou, looking back towards the Mekong River
Rivers are an important means of transport in Laos.
Pha That Luang in Vientiane. The Buddhist stupa that is a national symbol of Laos.
Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane.
National University of Laos in Vientiane.
An example of Lao cuisine
Lao women wearing sinhs
Lao dancers during the New Year celebration
New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
Wat Nong Sikhounmuang - buddhist pagoda in Luang Prabang.

Socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.

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The Southeast Asian Games Federation logo

Southeast Asian Games

Biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.

Biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.

The Southeast Asian Games Federation logo

Running from 9–18 December, it has also commemorated the 50 years of the Southeast Asian Games, held in Vientiane, Laos.

A khene player in Isan

Mor lam

A khene player in Isan
The xo ou (BGN/PCGN)/so u (RTGS), the low-pitched fiddles common in some styles of lam from southern Laos and most of northeastern Thailand.
A lanat ék/ranat ék (BGN/PCGN)/ranat ek (RTGS), a xylophone used in some varieties of khap and lam. The many types of lanat/ranat are also used in classical Lao music.
Mor lam performance-the men are playing the khene and wearing pha sarong
The san and yao scales.
The basic rhythm of traditional mor lam
A mor lam VCD featuring Jintara. The karaoke text, dancers, and backdrop are typical of the genre.

Mor lam (Lao: ໝໍລຳ; Thai/Isan: หมอลำ ; ) is a traditional Lao form of song in Laos and Isan.

Images of the Lao Theung (right) with the Lao Soung and the Lao Loum

Lao Theung

Images of the Lao Theung (right) with the Lao Soung and the Lao Loum

The Lao Theung or Lao Thoeng (Lao: ລາວເທິງ ) is one of the traditional divisions of ethnic groups living in Laos (the others being the Lao Loum and the Lao Soung).

Ancient Khmer script engraved on stone.

Khmer script

Abugida (alphasyllabary) script used to write the Khmer language, the official language of Cambodia.

Abugida (alphasyllabary) script used to write the Khmer language, the official language of Cambodia.

Ancient Khmer script engraved on stone.
An inscription in Khmer script, at the temple of Lolei
Âksâr khâm (អក្សរខម), or Akson khom (อักษรขอม), an antique style of the Khmer script as written in Uttaradit, Thailand. In this picture, although it was written with Khmer script, all texts in this manuscript are in Thai languages.

Stelae of the Pre-Angkorean and Angkorean periods, featuring the Khmer script, have been found throughout the former Khmer Empire, from the Mekong Delta to what is now southern Laos, Northeast Thailand, and Central Thailand.

A session of the 10th East Asia Summit, 2015.

East Asia Summit

Regional forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Oceanian regions, based on the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism.

Regional forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Oceanian regions, based on the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism.

A session of the 10th East Asia Summit, 2015.
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The decision to hold the EAS was reached during the 2004 ASEAN Plus Three summit and the initial 16 members determined at the ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting held in Laos at the end of July 2005.

A Yao woman, Tiantouzhai, Longji Terraces, China, November 2010

Yao people

Government classification for various minorities in China and Vietnam.

Government classification for various minorities in China and Vietnam.

A Yao woman, Tiantouzhai, Longji Terraces, China, November 2010
A Yao child with traditional dress in Guangxi
A red Yao woman in Vietnam
A Yao stilt house in Vietnam
Yao autonomous prefectures and counties in China.

In addition to China, Yao also live in northern Vietnam (where they are called Dao), northern Laos, and Myanmar.

A khene player in Isan

Khene

Mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown.

Mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown.

A khene player in Isan
Khene

The khene is the national instrument of Laos.

Thai highlands

Mountainous natural region in the north of Thailand.

Mountainous natural region in the north of Thailand.

Akha hut in the hills near Chiang Rai
Doi Phu Chi Fa, Amphoe Wiang Kaen, Chiang Rai province.

Its mountain ranges are part of the system of hills extending through Laos, Burma, and China and linking to the Himalayas, of which they may be considered foothills.

International Rice Research Institute

International agricultural research and training organization with its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines, and offices in seventeen countries.

International agricultural research and training organization with its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines, and offices in seventeen countries.

Entrance to the IRRI Headquarters at Los Baños, Laguna with Mt. Makiling in the background.

Laos

Khmu people

Ethnic group of Southeast Asia.

Ethnic group of Southeast Asia.

Elderly Khmu woman from Bokeo Province
Khmu women and their children from Bokeo Province

The majority (88%) live in northern Laos where they constitute the largest minority ethnic group, comprising eleven percent of the total population.