be preached “to every creature”. The proclamation of the Christian message also included medical work. Three hospitals were opened in rural Thailand as well as a leprosy control program. Many of the patients were refugees. In the Philippines, community development programs were launched. Alcoholic rehabilitation began in Japan, and rehabilitation work among prostitutes was begun in Taipei and Bangkok. '''''Terminalia elliptica''''' (syn. ''T. alata'' Heyne ex Roth, ''T. tomentosa
stadium in Vientiane, Laos. It is currently used mostly for football (football (soccer)) matches. The stadium holds 20,000. The National Stadium is located at the intersection of Khounboulom and Le Ky Huong streets in central Vientiane, less than 1 km northwest of the Presidential Palace and adjacent to the Vientiane Tennis Club. An office of the Lao National Olympic Committee can be found at the stadium, and there are several practice facilities for athletes. A small
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that many were once farmers in the hills of Laos or were refugees from war who fled into remote jungles, and had little or no access to schools. In addition, almost 30% of Hmong families are under the poverty level.
a constitutional monarchy. He works along with other members of the Laos Royal Family such as Prince Sauryavong Savang, Crown Prince Soulivong Savang and Prince Thayavong Savang to establish a Constitutional Monarchy in Laos. Prince Mangkra Souvannaphouma also serves as a member of the Council of Regency (Regent) of Laos. He believes that the Lao Royal family can provide for his people social and economic change to unify the people for a peaceful solution to all problems in Laos
east through Udon Thani (Udon Thani Province), Sakon Nakhon (Sakon Nakhon Province), Nakhon Phanom (Nakhon Phanom Province) and Nong Khai (Nong Khai Province) provinces. Culture Isan's culture is predominantly Lao (Lao people), and has much in common with that of the neighbouring country of Laos. This affinity is shown in the region's cuisine, dress (clothing), temple architecture (Thai temple art and architecture), festivals and arts. In 1961, John F
and architecture temple schools, when it was available to boys only. From the mid-sixteenth century Thailand opened up to significant French Catholic influence until the mid-seventeenth century when it was heavily curtailed, and the country returned to a strengthening of its own cultural ideology. Unlike other parts of South and Southeast Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia and the Philippines which
luggage has been sent in a bus you are not on (because of "lack of space") it will sometimes disappear. The "King of Bus Company" is known to do this. '''China''' The land crossing between Mengla (Yunnan) and Boten (Laos) is open to foreigners and visa on arrival is possible (USD37 for UK citizens) or you can get in advance at the Lao consulate in Kunming. Daily bus service operates from Mengla to Luang Namtha and Udomxai. Buses from Mengla
people in Amphoe Chanuman are descendant of the Phu Thai ethnic group who migrated down from Laos. They specialise in weaving "Khit" cloth, preserving its unique patterns. Their traditional musical performance "Mo Lam" always supports the democratic constitutional monarchy. Amnat Charoen people try to retain the "Long Khuang" tradition which consisted of teenagers meeting up for communal activities such as weaving or silk spinning accompanied by lively
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to the shower or water bucket in one corner and wash up. :* Plunge into the sauna room itself. It will be dark, hot and steamy inside, with intense herbal scents of lemongrass and whatever the sauna master is cooking up that day, and you will soon start to sweat profusely. :* When you've had your fill, head outside, sip on a little weak tea and marvel at how the tropical heat of the day now feels cool and refreshing. :* Repeat at will. *
'''Laos''' (( ), is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and the People's Republic of China (China) to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Since 1975, it is ruled by a Marxist and communist government. Its population was estimated to be around 6.8 million in July 2014.
Significant corruption exists in the Lao government, military, and communist party in the LPDR, and the legacy of a command economy, as well as excess spending on military and defense budgets during the Cold War and its aftermath, have continued to impoverish Laos. According to the anti-corruption non-governmental organization Transparency International, Laos remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world. This has deterred foreign investment and created major problems with the rule of law, including the nation's ability to enforce contract and business regulation. Transparency International "Laos Corruption Perceptions Index" (2005-2014) http: www.theglobaleconomy.com Laos transparency_corruption Consequently, a third of the population of Laos currently lives below the international poverty line (living on less than US$ (United States dollar)1.25 per day). According to the Global Hunger Index (2013), Laos ranks as the 25th hungriest nation in the world out of the list of the 56 nations with the worst hunger situation(s). Welthungerhilfe, IFPRI, and Concern Worldwide: 2013 Global Hunger Index - The challenge of hunger: Building Resilience to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security. Bonn, Washington D. C., Dublin. October 2013. Laos has had a poor human rights record most particularly dealing with the nation's acts of genocide being committed towards its Hmong (Hmong people) population.
Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate (French colonial empire), with the three kingdoms — Luang Phrabang (Kingdom of Luang Phrabang), Vientiane (Kingdom of Vientiane) and Champasak (Kingdom of Champasak) — uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation (History of Laos to 1945#Japanese occupation of Laos), but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war (Laos Civil War) ended the monarchy, when the Communist (Communism) Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.
Laos is a single-party (Single-party state) socialist republic. It espouses Marxism and is governed by a single party communist politburo dominated by military generals. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Vietnam People's Army continue to have significant influence in Laos. The capital city is Vientiane. Other large cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Pakse. The official language is Lao (Lao language). Laos is a multi-ethnic country with the politically and culturally dominant Lao people making up approximately 60% of the population, mostly in the lowlands. Mon-Khmer (Mon-Khmer languages) groups, the Hmong (Hmong people), and other indigenous hill tribes, accounting for 40% of the population, live in the foothills and mountains.
Laos' strategy for development is based on generating electricity from its rivers and selling the power to its neighbours, namely Thailand, China, and Vietnam.
It is a member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit and La Francophonie. Laos applied for membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1997; on 2 February 2013, it was granted full membership.