Laos 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 ; on 2 February , it was granted full membership.
Being on the border of two countries at war with one another (North and South Vietnam), Lao's & Cambodia caught a lot of North Vietnamese Army traffic (troop movements), and a lot of US bombing.
Explore the hundreds of Buddhas found in the Pak Ou caves. Visit a Hmong hill tribe village in Laos. Find inspiration at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largest religious structure. Come to know this region through interactions with local villagers and a journey on the Mekong River.
Cambodia. While best known for Angkor's tree-entangled temples (alongside the pyramids of Egypt and Macchu Picchu on the world-class archaeological site list), charming Cambodia offers far more to visitors with time to delve a little deeper. Plan your trip around Laos with interactive travel maps from Rough Guides. Use Rough Guides maps to explore all the regions of Laos. Cut off from the outside world for decades, Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing destinations.