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Mekong River at Don Det island in southern Laos
Sunset at the Mekong River at Don Det island (Si Phan Don) in southern Laos.
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About Laos

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The map shows Laos or Lao PDR, a landlocked country on the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. The land was formerly part of French Indochina, which encompassed present-day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Laos also borders Thailand in the west, China in the north, and Myanmar (Burma) in the northwest.

The Mekong at Khone Phapheng Falls in southern Laos
The Khone Phapheng Falls of the Mekong River in southern Laos; it is the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia.
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The country became independent from France in 1953, but for most of the next 25 years, it was torn by civil strife between the communist Pathet Lao movement and supporters of the Royal Lao Government.

In 1975, the Pathet Lao achieved total control and established a communist republic. Similar to neighboring communist Vietnam, the country saw a gradual return to free enterprise at the end of the 20th century.

Laos covers an area of 236,800 km², compared it is slightly smaller than half the size of France or about twice the size of the US state of Pennsylvania. It is the only Southeast Asian country without direct access to the sea.

The country's landscape is mostly mountainous; along the Mekong River extend fertile plains. The river forms a long section of the Thai-Lao border. The Khone Phapheng Falls south of Si Phan Don (4000 islands) and near the border to Cambodia is the largest waterfall in all of Southeast Asia; the falls are the main reason that the Mekong is not fully navigable into China.

Mountains and plateaus make up three-quarters of the country's total area. Phou Bia at 2,820 m, located on the Phou Ane Plateau in Xieng Khouang Province is the highest mountain in Laos.

The country has a population of 7 million inhabitants (in 2019 est.). The capital and largest city is Vientiane (Viang Chan) with an estimated population of 700,000 people. Spoken languages are Laotian (official), Thai, and various ethnic languages including Mong Njua and Khmu.
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Detailed political Map of Laos
Political Map of Laos

The map shows Laos and neighboring countries with international borders, the national capital Vientiane, province capitals, major cities and towns, main roads, rivers and lakes, railroads, and major airports.

You are free to use above map for educational purposes, please refer to the Nations Online Project.

The map shows the location of following Lao cities and towns:

Attapeu, Champasak, Houayxay, Kasi, Keng Kabao, Khongxedon, Lak Sao, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Muang Khoun, Muang Khua, Muang Phin, Muang Xay, Nan Bak, Nongchan, Ou Tai, Pak Beng, Pak Lay, Paksan, Pakse, Paksong, Phôn-Hông, Phongsali, Phonsavan, Phontan, Phoukhon, Salavan, Savannakhet, Sekong, Thakhek, Vang Vieng, Viang Xai, Vientiane, Xam Neua, Xayaboury, Xeno, and Xepon.


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Pha That Luang
Laos' national monument.
Vat Phou temple, Champasak
A Khmer Hindu temple complex.

Images of Laos and Vat Phou

Searchable map/satellite view of Vientiane
(capital city)

Searchable map and satellite view of Laos

Laos Country Profile

Laos in numbers
Lao PDR Key Statistical Data.

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