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Things About Laos That You May Not Know

Updated on June 25, 2017

The Flag of Laos

Laos is known officially as Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Laos is known officially as Lao People's Democratic Republic. | Source

Bomb Payload

War is a terrible thing and it is proven daily in this country where leftover war remnants explode all the time.
War is a terrible thing and it is proven daily in this country where leftover war remnants explode all the time. | Source

Laos is the World's Most Bombed Country

Laos has been bombarded with over two billion tons of bombs during the Vietnam War. Many parts of the country are still war torn and landmines still take lives on a regular basis. Bombs and other war weaponry have devastated the people of this country for many decades. One can only hope to learn from this travesty and forget and forgive each other over the Vietnam War. This country endured nearly 10 years of bomb bombardment until the land could take no more.

Map of Laos

Coffee Production

Almost half of the workers in Laos make money fro working in the coffee industry.
Almost half of the workers in Laos make money fro working in the coffee industry. | Source

Coffee is the Biggest Export in Laos

Caffeine is the order of the day. Laos gets a large chunk of their income from coffee. The number one export in the country is coffee and it accounts for more than half the income in Laos. Most people do not think of Laos and coffee together in the same sentence but the country supplies coffee to several different countries on the planet. Laos has hard workers producing stsay awake juive everyday of the week.

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Laos Has a Land of Jars

This is a land of mystery. These concrete jars are humongous to say the least.
This is a land of mystery. These concrete jars are humongous to say the least. | Source

Plain of Jars

Laos is home to the Plain of Jars which remains a mystery till this day. This stone, jar shaped figures are huge to say the very least.Thousands of these jars are all over the Xiangkhoang Plateau and it is near Indochina. Researchers assume these jars are a form of ancient burial grounds but nobody is for sure. I would love to get mo picture taken with one of the jars to be honest. They have a method to the madness as they are lined up one after the other. A must see attraction if you ever visit this Southeast Asia nation.

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Laos Online

Like almost every country in the world, the internet is used by many people in Laos.
Like almost every country in the world, the internet is used by many people in Laos. | Source

Laos Pays $2 Per Hour for Internet

To use the internet in Laos you will pay an arm and a leg. It cost two bucks every single hour that you are logged on which is ridiculously high. Laos first logged on in 1997 and in 2008 the country received mobile broadband. In Laos you are being monitored 24 hours per day whenever you use the internet and they track all online activities. You done lost your mind cause I would never use it based on the price and the constant invasion of my privacy that is done by the constant monitoring.

The Old Days

Laos has some really old folks that lived in the region a long time ago.
Laos has some really old folks that lived in the region a long time ago. | Source

Laos is Home to the Oldest Modern Human Fossil in Asia

The oldest modern human fossils were located in Laos. Evidence of early humans were found years ago but actual remains from so long ago was an astounding discovery for Laos. The skull was found in the Annamite mountains which is in the northern tip of Laos. The skull dates to between the range of 46,000 to 63,000 years of age. Excavators have been searching for over 30 years trying to find anything and boy did they ever find something.

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Laos Cuisine

Lao cuisine is the most famous dish in the entire Southeast Asian nation of Laos.
Lao cuisine is the most famous dish in the entire Southeast Asian nation of Laos. | Source

Lao Food in Laos

Food in the country of Laos is odd to some but it is delicious to the locals and many tourists enjoy it too. I will admit that being from the United States and then reading about the food in Laos is a culture shock but I want to try it nonetheless. Sticky rice is rolled into a ball and people munch on it with their hands. Lemongrass and fermented fish sauce or mixed with the rice to make it complete. Usually served with certain fish or chicken and the country cannot get enough of it to be sure.

Asian Elephant

They say Elephants are smart. If that man was smart he would stay away from that big fella or risk getting squashed.
They say Elephants are smart. If that man was smart he would stay away from that big fella or risk getting squashed. | Source

Laos is Home to Several Endangered Species

The red panda, tiger, Asian elephant and the clouded leopard are at risk of extinction. The problem is that these animals are always being hunted down and killed. Elephants and Tigers are especially in trouble because they are worth cash to hunters once they are dead. The red panda is found in six countries but the numbers are dwindling. As far as the Clouded Leopard goes, less than 10 thousand remain and they are listed as Vulnerable.

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Capital Punishment

Never, and I mean never sell drugs in Laos because you will face capital punishment.
Never, and I mean never sell drugs in Laos because you will face capital punishment. | Source

Illegal Drugs Equals Death Penalty

Think twice before you decide to sell or even possess illegal drugs in Laos because the punishment may be the most severe their is. Executions in Laos are done by a team of expert shooters that make up a deadly firing squad. Around 80 people are currently on death row in the country and in Laos, last minute stays by a governor are nonexistent.

Gold Statue

Gold statues, mainly focusing on religion, adorn the country.
Gold statues, mainly focusing on religion, adorn the country. | Source

The Sport in Laos is Kataw

Kataw is one wild sounding sport to me. On the other hand, I would love to see a game of it played. It is a bit of an unheard of and raw sport that is specific to Laos where the sport was conceived. Katow is the national sport in Laos and it is, in many ways, like volleyball. You hit the ball back and forth over a net without the ball hitting the ground during play. You use feet instead of hands to play and the ball is a rattan ball.

Ancient Beauty

If you do ever visit this country it would be wise to film your journey.
If you do ever visit this country it would be wise to film your journey. | Source

Laos Has Been Populated For Over 10,000 Years

Laos had had humans walking on it for over 10 thousand years which is an amazing fact if you think about it. The area of Laos called the lower Mekong basin has had people living there for 10,000 years. The first settlers ever in Laos are distantly related to a sect of people now still living in Cambodia.

The Country of Laos

Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.
Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. | Source

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