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Vientiane

History:

"Vieng (Vien) in the Lao language means “the city”. Chantha (tiane) a Pali word, means sandalwood or the moon. Vientiane is the city of sandalwood and sandalwood is the symbol of Vientiane. It could also be the city of the moon, or the city where people respect the moon as their symbol. It is true that Lao people believe their origin to be from the moon, and even the design of the national flag has the image of the moon in its center."

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History:

"The Lao state dates only from 1945. The idea of a separate Lao nationality was formed during the 19th century, when western ideas of national identity reached South-East Asia, and when the Lao-speaking people were being squeezed between two expansionist powers, Siam (Thailand) and Annam (Vietnam). The current borders of Laos were created by France in 1893 and 1904. Today the official history of Laos is traced back to the Kingdom of Lān Xāng, which was founded in 1353."

Laos History Timeline

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The must-see Vieng Xai Caves are a network of some 450 shelter caves used during the Vietnam War. The communist Pathet Lao forces were headquartered here, and the caves were home to over 20,000 people, who used them to escape the bombings. There were hospitals, markets, living quarters, printing presses, government offices and even a theatre!"

Legal System

Customs and Culture:

"Buddhists make offerings of food to monks from the local temple. Usually this is done when the monks file through the village or city early in the morning."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Zika is a risk

Visas: Tourist visa required

What to Pack"Drivers license if you wish to go on the road or rent a bike or a car."

 

When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: Lao Kip Exchange Rate

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Resources

10 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Laos

Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

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5 Days in Laos: Vientiane & Luang Prabang

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5 Days in Laos: Vientiane & Luang Prabang

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