Official Name: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Religions: principally Buddhism, with animism among highland groups
Capital: Vientiane (population 490,000)
Per Capita Income: $385
Languages: Lao (official), French, various highland ethnic, English
Currency: Lao Kip
(~7700 kip = $1.00 US)
Our Route:  We flew to Vientiane, the Lao capital, from Hanoi, Vietnam.  We spent just a couple of days in Vientiane before flying to Luang Prabang ("Louangphrabang" on the map above).  We spent one ideal week in Luang Prabang before flying to Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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