Country: Laos

Population: 6,521,998

Capital: Vientiane

Time Zone: UTC+7

Currency Name: kip (LAK)

Government Type: Communist state

Languages: Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages

Ethnic Breakdown: Lao Loum (lowland) 68%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong and the Yao 9%, ethnic Vietnamese/Chinese 1%

Religion: Buddhist 65%, animist 32.9%, Christian 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.8%

Major Cities: Vientiane

Phone Country Code: 856

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Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: November - February

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b, c, e, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 6 (Pathet Lao Day), January 20 (Army Day), Chinese New Year, March 8 (Women's Day), March 22 (Day of the People's Party), Lao New Year, May 1 (Labor Day), Buddha Day, June 1 (Children's Day), Khao Pansa, August 13 (Day of the Free Laos), Bouk Ok Pansa, October 12 (Day of Liberation), December 2 (National Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: People from Laos are Lao.