Updated: Sep 29, 2022
Laos, or officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Laos is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast
Asia is at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula.
Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest.
Reason for Naming
The English word Laos was coined by the French, who united the three Lao kingdoms in French Indochina in 1893 and named the country as the plural of the dominant and most common ethnic group, the Lao people.
English speakers often mispronounce the word 'Laos', falsely believing that it should be pronounced with a silent 's', however, the 's' in Laos should not be silent. In the Lao language, the country's name is Muang Lao (ເມືອງລາວ) or Pathet Lao (ປະເທດລາວ), both of which literally means 'Lao Country.