By Emma Hall

Basic Facts

Official Name Of Laos: Lao People's Democratic Republic

Population: 6,788,000 people

Capital: Vientiane

President: Bounnhang Vorachith

Government: Communist

Language: Lao

From Of Payment: Kip


Laos is a landlocked country, Yunnan, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia surround Laos. 70% of Laos is mountains or forested hills, with the average altitude about 4,250 feet above sea level. This part of Laos is not good for farming. But Laos has a lot of room to farm because 28% of the trees in this area have been removed. Laos has over 1.5 million acres of rice fields, they also have a lot of minerals witch the sell to neighboring countries.

Phou Bia is the highest point in Laos, more then 9,252 feet above sea level. Another famous land formation is called the Plain of Jars. Plain of Jars was named that because of the old jars all over the hill. These jars are weigh between 4,000-6,000 pounds, and can be up to 8 feet tall. There are over 300 of the jars all over the hill, and the are guessed to be over 200 years old.

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Past Times in Laos

The people of Laos are known as easygoing and relaxed people. Some past times are sports, festivals, music.

There are many sport that they play. Soccer is a very popular sport, and a lot of people play it. Other sports like kataw and muay lau are also very popular. Kataw is like vollyball but you cant use your hands, you can use your elbows, knees, shoulders, and your feet. Muay lau is like boxing and martial arts. Laos people also love music. In their bands there are usually and flute, clarinet, xylophones, single string violins, and their most important instrument the gong.

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