In this episode Rod begins with a visit to the famous Montip Restaurant in Sawannaket and journeys to Vientiane, stopping at a famous Stupa along the way, as well as a major sugar factory. Also featured in the journey, rivers and bridges of course, and a genuine look at Laos country life, complete with a stop for a mammoth bowl of noodles at a roadside shop. Rod reveals Laos new openness to tourism, with new bridges to prove this. The journey ends at night with glimpses of tempting street food in Vientiane and a most surprising restaurant!
The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos is located in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the North 416 kilometers, Myanmar to Northwest 236 kilometers, Thailand to the West 1,835 kilometers, Cambodia to the South 492 kilometers and Vietnam to the East 1,957 kilometers.
With a total area of 236,800 square kilometers, around 70% of Laos’ terrain is mountainous, reaching a maximum elevation of 2,820 meters in Xieng Khouang Province. The landscapes of northern Laos and the regions adjacent to Vietnam, in particular, are dominated by rough mountains.
The Mekong River is the main geographical feature in the west and, in fact, forms a natural border with Thailand in some areas. The Mekong flows through nearly 1,900 kilometers of Lao territory and shapes much of the lifestyle of the people of Laos. In the South the Mekong reaches a breadth of 20 kilometers, creating an area with thousands of islands.
People and population
– Population: 6.2 million.
– Density: 23 people/square kilometer.
– The population consists of 49 ethnic groups, in 4 main linguistic.