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Lao

A wood-exporting country and a paradise for gamblers and backpackers.

date of entry 13/02/2010
mileage 692,775

capital Vientiane

area 236.800 km²

population 6.646.000

GDP 8,298 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Laotian

When Gunther Holtorf first visited Laos in 2010, his impressions of the country were that it was a major exporter of wood to China and a gamblers’ paradise, where the residents of its northern neighbour travelled to visit the casinos, because gambling is largely forbidden in the Middle Kingdom.
  • Boten on the Chinese-Lao border is the gambling and entertainment centre for shortterm Chinese visitors. Gambling is prohibited in China, thus "outsourced" to neighbouring Lao.
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  • The Mekong flows from north to south through Laos for around 1900 kilometres.
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  • The river is a busy waterway…
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  • …and, at the same time, forms the border with Myanmar in the north and Thailand in the west.
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  • Otto kept his tyres dry crossing the Mekong on this very rickety-looking ferry.
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  • The so-called "Plain of Jars" is near the city of Phonsavan. The sandstone containers found here are estimated to be around 2000 years old.
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  • A peaceful place to spend the night in Laos.
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  • Many people in the villages and towns take their goods to market on their backs. This woman was carrying a load about the same size as her own body.
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  • Fish are dried and sold at the market.
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  • Video: Laos – from gambling to a peaceful natural landscape.

Otto was here before ...

Lao

date of entry 26 February 2010
mileage 695,242

Cambodia

date of entry 06 March 2010
mileage 697,485

Thailand

date of entry 17 March 2010
mileage 699,976

Malaysia

date of entry 01 April 2010
mileage 702,223

Singapore

date of entry 06 April 2010
mileage 703,134