Map of Laos
Laos is a small, landlocked country located in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Myanmar to the northwest, China to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and Cambodia and Thailand to the south. The country covers an area of 236,000 square kilometers (91,000 square miles) and has a population of around 7 million people. The capital city of Laos is Vientiane.
Laos is a mountainous country with dense forests and many rivers. The Mekong River flows through the center of the country and is an important source of water for irrigation and transportation. The climate in Laos is tropical, with two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to October, and the dry season from November to April.
The Lao people make up the majority of the population and are ethnically related to the Thai people. Other minority groups include the Hmong, Khmu, Tai Lue, and Vietnamese. Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion in Laos and most Lao people follow Buddhist traditions and beliefs. Lao cuisine is similar to that of other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.