Laos

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Beautiful, Green, Mountainous, Relaxing.

A French colony from 1893 until 1949, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a single party communist socialist party, has been in power since 1975 following a long civil war between them and the monarch that was handed power from the French. If you didn’t know it was a communist socialist country before you arrived, once there you will as you see the red flags with a hammer and sickle flying from almost every shop and they are available to buy on every corner. Much of the French Colonial architecture still remains as does the French influence on some of the food, especially the awesome baguettes, and the in people, with many of the older generation still fluent in French. The people are relaxed and happy but many are also very poor. Laos was only a stop on the way to China so I only had 11 days there but managed to spend time on the relaxing island of Don Det, I checked out the eerie Kong Lo Cave, visited the capital Vientiane, went tubing in Vang Vieng, met a novice monk in Luang Prabang and cruised the Mekong River to Pak Beng.

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