A report on 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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Thakhek

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Lao people at the Souk Somboun Market. Thakhek, Khammouan Province, Laos.
View of Thakhek from the banks of the Mekong in Nakhon Phanom.

Thakhek (Lao language: ທ່າແຂກ), the capital of Khammouane Province, is a town in south-central Laos on the Mekong River.

The Center for Public Policy Analysis

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Established in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan, think tank and research organization.

Established in Washington, D.C. in 1988 and describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan, think tank and research organization.

The organization is described as an "outspoken supporter" and human rights proponent for ethnic, minority Laotian and Hmong people in Laos and Vietnam.

Royal Lao Government in Exile

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Royal Laos Defence Forces emblem

The Royal Lao Government in Exile (RLGE) is a Laotian government in exile opposed to the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Hmong language

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Hmong / Mong (RPA: Hmoob, ; Nyiakeng Puachue: ; Pahawh:, ) is a dialect continuum of the West Hmongic branch of the Hmongic languages spoken by the Hmong people of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hainan, northern Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.

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Greater Mekong Subregion

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Trans-national region of the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

Trans-national region of the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

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Mekong River sunrise, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Mekong River, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand (more images)

It came into being with the launch of a development program in 1992 by the Asian Development Bank that brought together the six Asian countries of Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Vietnam.

Wat Tham Krabok

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Buddhist temple (wat) in the Phra Phutthabat District of Saraburi Province, Thailand.

Buddhist temple (wat) in the Phra Phutthabat District of Saraburi Province, Thailand.

Most had fled Laos alleging that they were persecuted by the communist government that ruled Laos since 1975.

General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party

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General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party is the office of the highest-ranking member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and also typically the supreme leader of Laos.

Districts of Laos

Districts of Laos

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Districts of Laos

Laos is divided into 17 provinces (Lao: ແຂວງ, khoueng) and 1 prefecture (kampheng nakhon), or capital city municipality (ນະຄອນຫລວງ, nakhon luang).

Evolution of the Lao Script

Lao script

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Evolution of the Lao Script
Lao script on a sign at Wat That Luang, Vientiane.
These now-obsolete Lao letters were once used to spell words of Pali and Sanskrit derivation, but were removed, reducing the consonant inventory and the similarity of spelling between Thai and Lao.

Lao script or Akson Lao (ອັກສອນລາວ ) is the primary script used to write the Lao language and other minority languages in Laos.

Prince Souvanna Phouma and JFK in 1962

Laos–United States relations

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Prince Souvanna Phouma and JFK in 1962

Relations between Laos and the United States officially began when the United States opened a legation in Laos in 1950, when Laos was a semi-autonomous state within French Indochina.