Laos: An Overview

Laos is the single country which is bordered by land on all sides in Southeast Asia. It borders Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China and Myanmar and has almost seven million. The largest city of Laos is Vientiane. Southeast Asian mainland has the north part of Laos. Laos's is bordered by Myanmar and Chinese province of Yunnan.

Laos is largely untouched by the major tourist flows. In Vientiane, the curfew is constantly changing, usually it is 23 clock. Health status and lack of tourist infrastructure is because of low per capita income.

There are four international airports: Pakse (PKZ), Vientiane (VTE), Savannakhet (CVC), Luang Prabang (LPQ). There are numerous flights starting from Thailand.

Bus services are regularly on the paved roads, while primarily in the distant states vans with platform body and two benches.

On the Mekong boats operate from Huay Xai on Luang Prabang to Vientiane. This trip with overnight stays in Pakbeng and Luang Prabang takes two to three days. In addition, speed boats (speedboats) way to tackle the route in just a few hours.

The most important traditional instrument of Laotian culture is the Khaen, a mouth organ from six to eighteen bamboo pipes. In traditional theatre, the epic is Ramakien listed on the Indian epic Ramayana is declining. The act of the Ramayana has inspired subsequent pieces Lao.

The largest airport is situated in Vientiane (Wattay), the connections with the airports in the region offers.

The air traffic is the state of Lao Airlines (formerly Lao Aviation dominates). It offers flights to bordering countries and also local flights.

Since March 2009, Laos has a railway connection to Thailand. A 3.5-kilometer section of track linking the Thai railway network from Nong Khaifrom the Thai-Lao friendship bridge between the newly built railway station Tha Na Laeng in Laos side. A further construction until after Vientiane is planned.

The telephone network covers of Laos are still not off the land. Laos has four GSM - mobile networks, the current metropolitan areas and parts of roads, covering for example, the Mekong, on busy routes. Roaming has recently become possible.

Internet is also not widely used in Laos, about 60% of Internet users are foreigners, and only 14% of users are outside the capital, Vientiane. Laotians usually go online in Internet cafes.

The Laotian post is considered inefficient, letters from abroad to Laos may require several weeks.