Souvenirs from Laos
Remote and exotic, Laos contains many mysteries for the traveler to experience and unravel. Laotian souvenirs are reflective of this, with distinctive motifs and luxurious materials. The most famous of these are hand woven fabrics, produced from locally sourced silk and cotton. Made into clothing, tablecloths, pillows and wall-hangings, traditional symbols are embroidered and woven into cloth. Tantric diamonds are symbols of protection, while mythical symbols like naga snakes, river dragons and royal lions are lovely examples of history. You may also find them worked into brightly colored batik prints or carved into wooden statues and reliefs. Other souvenirs from Laos are just as easy to find and purchase, including picture refrigerator magnets, figural key chains, slogan T-shirts and tote bags to carry everything you purchase. Make sure to leave room for richly scented spices, gold and gemstone jewelry and replicas of ancient monuments to appreciate the glory of Lao People's Democratic Republic.
The Country of Laos
Laos is a mountainous country, with deep forest cover and tropical monsoons that soak the land from May to November. Resting between the Mekong River, the Annamite Mountain range and the Laung Prabang Mountain range, the country is broken up into the north, central and south geographical regions. There are 2 plateaus located in Laos: the Xiangkhoang and Bolaven. People living here enjoy 3 distinct seasons: cold from December to February, hot during March and April, and the wet remaining 7 months. Many flowers are grown in the country, such as orchids and poppies. 21% percent of the land was set aside for preservation by the government in 1993, to preserve the many endangered and unique species found only in Laos, such as the Laotian False Bloodsucker, the Lao Knobby Newt, and the Laotian Rock Rat. As a part of the Indo-Burma diversity hotspot, Laos is an important part of world conservation.