Lao PDR is a landlocked state bordering Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand. Most of the country is mountainous and thickly forested, although there are some plains and plateaus. The climate is tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April). Important natural resources of Lao PDR include e.g. timber, hydropower, tin and gold.
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