Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country of 236,800 square Kilometers in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. The capital city is Vientiane.
Its population was estimated to be around 6.5 million in 2012, and is a home of multi-ethnic people and multi-cultural society. It has long history of rich variety of cultures and customs. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, and the official language is Lao.