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Laos, one of the world's few remaining Communist regimes, is also one of Asia's poorest nations. The current government came to power in 1975 and immediately imposed a rigid socialist economic program. Change began in 1986 with the loosening of restrictions on private enterprise. Since then, Laos has enjoyed high economic growth, despite poor national infrastructure and a dominant, inefficient agriculture sector. It is also heavily reliant on international assistance programs. In 1998, Laos began formal negotiations with the World Trade Organization. In 2008 a 5.60 US$/day per capita.


I think the best way to explore Laos is by bicycle. Meeting friendly Lao people in the small villages along the way and enjoying its countryside. A beautiful scenery of rice fields next to the limestone hills and we visit numerous caves and caverns. I capture this hard working farmer with his hand tractor nearby Vang Vieng. Such tractor is used in plain, mountain area and hills widely. With relevant farm machinery, it can do many work in the paddy field, such as ploughing, whirl tilling, harvesting, seeding, threshing grain and pump water. It also can haul a trailer for short-distance transport. Many Lao people support themselves, such hard life where men life expectancy is only 54 years (est. 2008) .


Laos, is nog één van de weinige overgebleven communistisch regimes en is ook één van de armste naties van Azië. De huidige regering kwam aan de macht in 1975 en legde onmiddellijk een onbuigzaam socialistisch economisch programma op. Verandering begon in 1986 met de losmaken van beperkingen op privé-onderneming. Sinds dien heeft Laos een hoge economische groei, ondanks arme nationale infrastructuur en een overwegende, ondoelmatige landbouwsector. Het is ook zwaar afhankelijk van internationale hulpprogramma's. In 1998 begon Laos formele onderhandelingen met de Wereld Handelsorganisatie. De gemiddelde verdienste per dag is 5,60 US$ per hoofd.


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Taken on July 27, 2008