Is Lao and Laos the same country?
Historically it has been common for English writers to refer to the country as Laos when not using the country’s official title (Laotian People’s Democratic Republic or LPDR). … Of course, ‘Lao’ is perfectly correct in English when used as an adjective. For example, a Lao person, the Lao language, a Lao poem, etc.
What do you call people of Laos?
Linguistically, there is no distinction between descriptors of the country, its people, its culture and so on. There is only one word: Lao. … In English however, both ‘Lao’ and ‘Laotian‘ are widely used. From here, it’s important to understand the history behind the word ‘Laotian’.
Why is Laos so poor?
According to the Asian Development Bank’s latest data from 2015, 23.2 percent of Laotians live below the poverty line, the second-highest poverty rate in Southeast Asia. … Like many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, European colonial rule and a disturbing lack of freedom makes Laos poor.
Is Laos dangerous?
Laos is a relatively safe country for travellers, although certain areas remain off-limits because of unexploded ordnance left over from decades of warfare. … As tranquil as Laos can seem, petty theft and serious crimes do happen throughout the country – even on seemingly deserted country roads.