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Flying the Flag

The flag of the Socialist Union displayed on a building in Vientianne alongside that of the Lao Republic. © L. Birch 2006
Land of a Thousand Elephants

December 24th 2006
Vientiane was hot: almost unbearably so. Even sitting at a street cafe sipping a cold drink, I could feel the sweat running down my chest and soaking uncomfortably into the waistband of my trousers. A stop in the nation's capital - home to a surprisingly small population of around 200,000 people - was almost inevitable on the long trip south but for us, it was a necessary evil as we wanted to or ... read more
Asia » Laos » South » Bolaven Plateau

Lao or Laotian Flag Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathe... ... read more
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