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Overview of Laos

Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked ethnically diverse country sharing borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The Mekong River, almost half the length of which flows through Laos, forms most of the border with Thailand. Most main towns are on the Mekong.

While still a developing country, Laos has useful resources of land, timber, gems and minerals, and significant potential for hydroelectric power generation. Most of the Lao people live in rural areas and subsistence agriculture, dominated by rice, accounts for approximately half of GDP and provides 80% of employment.

The New Zealand Ambassador in Bangkok has been cross-accredited to Laos since February 1963. The Laos Ambassador in Canberra is cross-accredited to New Zealand.

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Meat and Seafood

Meat and Seafood in Laos

No exploration of a Southeast Asian city is complete without diving into its meat-on-a-stick offerings. At least, not for those of us who are carnivores. I was vegetarian for many years, but now that I’m eating meat again I almost feel as though I need to make up for lost time. ...

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Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant in Laos

One of my favourite dishes remained a roasted eggplant dip called jaew mak khua. While it consistently set my mouth on fire, it had such bursting, bold flavours that I kept going back for more. I just got used to bringing tissue with me to mop up the sweat and tears. (I should have ...

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Soups

Soups from Laos

A closeup of the soup from my Exploring Northern Laos post, with its light brother and perfectly steamed chicken:While lacking in complexity, this simple foe (Laos’ version of pho) from Muang Ngoi was a favourite part of my day. Up just after dawn, I’d wander down the street ...

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Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls from Laos

I ate a lot spring rolls in Laos, in part because I can’t eat wheat flour (though baguettes were plentiful, a holdover from the French colonization of Laos, they were not for my consumption), in part because they were just so good. The rolls above were filled with fresh greens like ...

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Uttayan Bajiang

Uttayan Bajiang

Located on Route 20, 14 kilometres from the intersection with Route 16, Uttayan Bajiang is an interesting stop on a day trip from Pakse or as part of a multiday loop. It's a self-described nature resort which includes a waterfall, great restaurant which is extremely popular with ...

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Ban Saphai

Ban Saphai

The small island on Don Kho, 17 kilometres north of Pakse on the Mekong river, is home to Saphai village (Ban Saphai), which is renowned for its silk weaving and provides an excellent opportunity for a day trip or overnight stay from Pakse.It was settled by a group of families from ...

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Tad Fane

Tad Fane

Just past kilometre 38 along the road to Pak Song is Tad Fane -- a picturesque twin set of waterfalls spilling 200 metres down into a deep abyss.The falls are located in the jungle of Dong Hua Sao, which is a National Biodiversity Conservation area. Overlooking the falls is a single ...

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A weekend in Vientiane

Vientiane is a long way from the buzz of cities like Bangkok or Hanoi, and is quite likely to be one of the smallest capital cities you’ll ever visit. Two days is usually enough for most travellers passing through to see the highlights — here’s how we’d suggest spending ...

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lao national museum

The Lao National Museum

This two-storey colonial mansion became the Lao National Museum in 1985 and houses enough relics of Lao history and culture, both ancient and modern, to make a visit worthwhile.The first rooms you come upon after entering the museum are filled with a hodgepodge of ancient artefacts ...

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