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Champasak Waterfalls
Luang Prabang Waterfalls
Nam Khan River
Pak Ou Caves Natural Cave
Phu Hin Bun Mountain Mountain
The Mekong Waterdrop and See Pan Don Delta
Town of Luang Prabang
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
Xiangkhoang Plateau Place

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Beerlao Beer
Beerlao Dark Lager Beer
Larb with Sticky Rice



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Phu Hin Bun Mountain Mountain

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Location

Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam - The World Factbook

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Data
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 145


History »

Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th Century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997. - The World Factbook


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