Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • Laos (CIA World Factbook)
    Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics for Laos.
  • Laos by Riverboat (National Geographic Adventure Magazine)
    Catch glimpses of people's lives along the Mekong River in this photo collection.
  • Nam Ha Ecotourism Project (UNESCO Bangkok: Office of the Regional Adviser for Culture in Asia and the Pacific)
    Learn about the history, physical features, value, and threats to the Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Laos and the Lao government's efforts to protect it in cooperation with UNESCO.
  • Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area
    Learn about the rise of community-based ecotourism in this and other national protected areas in Laos. One goal in Phou Khao Khouay is to protect its endangered wild elepants.
  • Weather (
    Get the current weather conditions for Vientiane and other cities in Laos.
History and Government
The People
  • Hmong Artifact Virtual Museum (Hmong Cultural Center)
    Click on a photo of an artifact to view an English-language caption about it.
  • Lao People (Sabbai Dee and Welcome, ETC Asia Co., Ltd.)
    Learn about the three main groupings of Laos's sixty-eight official ethnic groups
  • National University of Laos
    Browse the English-language website of the National University of Laos for information about its campuses, faculty, and courses offered.
Cultural Life
  • Buddhist Tales for Young and Old: King Fruitful
    The Jataka Tales are the stories and lessons from the Buddha's many lives. A selection of these ancient tales is available on this website. Each tale ends in a moral. Most tales include an illustration.
  • Hmong Culture (Split Horn, PBS)
    Learn about Hmong sewing, folklore, and music. This page offers examples of each.
  • Laos - Jewel of the Mekong (Lao National Tourism Administration)
    Read a summary of Laos's unique cultural features. Click on Festival to view a calendar of festivals and special events in Laos with descriptions of each.
The Economy
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Teacher Resources
  • The Hmong Among Us: Creating Portraits of United States Refugee Communities (New York Times Learning Network)
    Students study the Hmong community in Minnesota. Then they research and write case studies about refugee communities in the United States. Another exercise is to write a first-person narrative about a refugee from this community. (Grades 6-12)
  • The Jataka Tales: 550 Lessons of the Buddha (EdSITEment, National Endowment for the Humanities)
    Students learn about Buddhism and read some of the Jataka Tales, the stories and lessons from the Buddha's many lives. Students identify and summarize Buddhist attitudes and outlooks in the tales, discuss the moral of each tale, and consider how the tales are interrelated. (Grades 6-8)
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