"Laos Information & Facts" was last updated on Feb 27, 2013
Welcome to Laos! ;-)
Here's some interesting facts on Laos for you:
The price of opium per kilo in Laos was $1,227 in 2008, and it's still rising! But Afghanistan is still number one producer of opium in the world.
- This is one of the reasons as to why many Hmong people are continuing to flee as refugees to Thailand.
27% of the Lao population is living under poverty line (A survey by Lao National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Reduction conducted in 2007-2008) while 25% of India's population is living under the poverty line (2007-CIA Factbook) - in other words: Laos is considered to be one of East Asia's poorest countries and is dependent on donations from abroad.
The capital of Laos: Vientiane
Currency: Kip I felt like a millionaire when I took out 1.600.000 Kip from the ATM, but it only equals about $200 Haha.
Official language: Lao
Largest religion: Buddhism
The last couple of years, more and more backpackers have laid their eyes on Laos. There are tourists visiting the country, but not as much as Thailand for example. This is your golden opportunity to go off the beaten track!
You can get meals as low as 10,000 Kip (= less than a dollar), and cheap accommodation as well!
How cheap it can get depends on where and how you're traveling in Laos. Destinations like Luang Prabang and Vientiane don't exactly have the abundance of cheapest rooms in Laos since they're both heavily visited by tourists and backpackers.
Laotian food bought at food stalls and markets are cheaper than at restaurants, dorms are cheaper than guesthouses and so on.
And whether you'll find Laos cheap or not, depends highly on what you're accustomed to. Backpackers from countries with low price level will probably not find Laos cheap, while travelers from other countries with a high price level will certainly do.
The cheapness is in the "eye of the beholder" ;-)
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