Where Is Laos Located In Asia? Laos Map

Where is Laos located in Asia and the world map? Map of Laos

Where Is Laos Located In Asia? Laos Map

Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, located between Thailand to the southwest and Vietnam to the east, Burma and China to the north, and Cambodia to the south. Its location has often made it a buffer state between its neighbors, as well as a commercial hub.

Confined in the center of the Indochinese Peninsula, Laos is located between the 14th and 22nd parallel north. Its area is 236,800 km2. It borders China (200 km), Burma (150 km), Thailand (1,000 km), Vietnam (1,000 km), and Cambodia (150 km).

Mountains and plateaus occupy more than 70% of the country.

Driven by the Mekong, not navigable because of its irregular flow (1 898 km in Laos on a total distance of 4 200 km), which forms largely the border with Thailand, the country extends from north to south on 1,000 km from the confines of China to the border of Cambodia. It is sometimes only a hundred miles wide.

Laos is divided into 16 provinces (khoueng), 1 municipality  (kampheng nakhon) and until 2006 a special zone (khetphiset).

Map of Laos

Laos has been open to tourism since 1990 and more than 2.5 million people visited it in 2010.

In 2005, tourism was the country’s main source of foreign exchange, ahead of hydropower. Vientiane City and Savannakhet Province are the most visited regions, with tourists being overwhelmingly nationals of ASEAN countries, although Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng attract more Westerners. The government’s goal is to make Laos a world-renowned destination for sustainable tourism.

The official tourism slogan is Simply Beautiful. Major attractions for tourists include Buddhist culture and colonial architecture in Luang Prabang; gastronomy and ancient temples in the capital of Vientiane; hiking to Muang Ngoi Neua and Vang Vieng; ancient and modern culture and history in the plain of jars; the history of the Laos Civil War in Sam Neua; trekking and hill tribe tours in a number of areas including Phongsaly and Luang Namtha; the discovery of tigers and fauna and flora at Nam Et-Phou Louey; the caves and waterfalls near Thakhek; relaxation, the Irrawaddy dolphin and the Khone Falls at Si Phan Don or the Four Thousand Islands; Wat Phu, an ancient ensemble of pre-Khmer temples; and the Bolovens Plateau for its waterfalls and coffee. The European Council of Trade and Tourism rewarded the country as Best World Tourist Destination in 2013 for this combination of architecture and history.

Australia is the fourth largest investor in the country with 48 projects totaling $ 324 million in 2004. Japan and China are also big investors in Laos.

The country is gradually returning to free trade and private enterprise since the liberalization of foreign investment laws and the admission of Laos to ASEAN in 1997. The Vientiane Stock Exchange opened on 11 January 2011.

Japan is by far the largest contributor of economic aid ($ 18 million in 1999). The main supplier is Thailand (64% of imports). The main customers are: Thailand (20%), France (8%), Japan (3%).

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