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Laos People Democratic Republic (Laos PDR) is a land of staggering beauty, reverent Buddhism and languid mystique—a land where locals pride themselves on the motto: Laos ‘People Don’t Rush’. To live this way requires a mindset and manners as fluid and clear as water itself.
Southeast Asia’s only landlocked country, Laos is dominated by two geographic entities: the mighty Mekong River and the tropical highlands, where Indochinese tigers, Asiatic elephants, Agile gibbons and Siamese crocodiles roam wild. Historically considered a geopolitical afterthought, times are changing, and students who venture to Laos will discover roiling international debates over mega-dam projects, unregulated deforestation and transboundary resource management.