The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a landlocked socialist republic in southeast Asia, bordered by ► Myanmar (Burma) and the ► People's Republic of China to the northwest, ► Vietnam to the east, ► Cambodia to the south, and ► Thailand to the west. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
Français: Le Laos (République populaire démocratique lao) est un pays enclavé d'Asie du Sud-Est, enclavé entre Myanmar (ou la Birmanie), la Thaïlande, le Cambodge, le Viêt Nam et la République populaire de Chine. Privé d'accès maritime, montagneux et boisé, ne possédant qu'un peu plus de 10.000 km de routes, le Laos s'est toujours senti encerclé.
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