Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, covers an area of 236,800 square kilometers. It is an entirely landlocked country located in the center of Indochina and shares borders with Thailand, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Vietnam.
The population of Laos, estimated at 5.6 million, is comprised of some 47 ethnic groups. Each group has its own distinct customs, culture, clothing and dialect. The official language is Lao, and Vientiane is the capital and the largest city in the country. Geographically, Laos is divided into three main regions: the North, the Central and the South. While mountains and forests cover most of this land, the majority of the population is settled along the fertile Mekong River Valley.
Laos is truly a fascinating country. With stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and genuine hospitality, this nation has always held a magical allure for visitors.