Laos is a small, landlocked country in Southeast Asia. It shares borders with Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam. Some quick facts about Laos include:

  • The country’s official name is Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It is usually called Laos, but in the local language the ‘s’ is dropped.

  • The country’s economy relies on tourism and farming. Most of the population lives near the Mekong River, where rice can easily be grown.

  • About 6.9 million people live in Laos.

  • One of the most interesting sites to visit in Laos is the Plain of Jars. Scattered across the countryside are thousands of stone jars. These jars are large enough to hold a person and are about 2,000 years old! Their exact purpose is a mystery, but archaeologists believe they were used for burials.