The term "Laotian," is commonly used to describe the people of Laos, to avoid confusion with the Lao ethnic group.
Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos, is located at the base of Mount Phu Kao.
Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital, the seat of the kingdom of Laos.
A number of animal species have been discovered or re-discovered in Laos in recent years.
Of the estimated 100,000 Chinese residents in Laos in 1975, only ten percent remain, identified as the Sino-Lao.
The Mekong River, which flows through what is now Laos, was a migration route.
Laos is one of the least densely populated countries in Asia.
To avoid a costly war with the French, the Siamese king ceded lands now known as Laos to them, and these were incorporated into French Indochina in 1893.
Bomb attacks against the government have occurred, coupled with small exchanges of fire, across Laos.
The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane, and other major cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse.
Domestic savings are low, forcing Laos to rely heavily on foreign assistance.
Laos has an inadequate infrastructure and a largely unskilled work force.
Both robusta and arabica are grown in Laos.
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.
Mountain tribes of mixed heritage are found in northern Laos and are known as Lao Soung or highland Laotians.
Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked socialist republic in Southeast Asia.
Most of the arabica in Laos is consumed locally and most of the robusta is exported to Thailand, where it goes into Nescafe.
Significant aerial bombardment by the United States occurred by that country's attempt to eliminate North Vietnamese bases in Laos and disrupt supply lines on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
In 1955, the U.S. Department of Defense created a special Programs Evaluation Office to supplant French support of the Royal Laos Army against the communist Pathet Lao as part of the U.S. containment policy.
A French military training mission continued to support the Royal Laos Army.
The French saw Laos as a useful buffer state between the two expanding empires of France and Britain.
Luang Prabang, formerly the capital of a kingdom of the same name, is located in north central Laos, on the Mekong River about 425 km north of Vientiane.
The custom in Laos is to drink coffee in glasses, with condensed milk in the bottom, followed by a chaser of green tea.
Laos is divided into 16 provinces (kang), one municipality (kumpang nakon), and one special zone (ketpisade).
A variety of different groups have claimed responsibility including the Committee for Independence and Democracy in Laos, and the Lao Citizens Movement for Democracy.
The politics of Laos' takes place in a framework of a single-party socialist republic.
Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
Laos remains a peasant society, with an estimated 85 percent of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture.