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Laos Gambling Information

Casino gambling is legal in Laos, though only one Laotian casino exists. A lottery exists, though it does not appear to be very efficiently run.

Casinos in Laos

Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort (Ban Muang Wa-Tha, Vientiane) - Dansavanh Nam Ngum Casino is a sizable resort in the heart of Laos. It has 60 table games, the largest amount in all of Southeast Asia, and 150 gaming machines. The Dansavan Nam Ngum Resort Hotel holds 185 rooms. Suites are available, too.

The casino floor is open 24 hours a day. The phone number at Dansavanh Nam Ngum Casino Resort is +856 21 217 595 and the website address is

Lottery in Laos

Laos has a Laotian State Lottery, which appears to be popular with the Lao people. Loatian women are known to sit at lottery tables and sell lottery tickets to passers-by.

Sports Law in Laos

At one time, the Sports Law of Laos involved the sell of sports lottery tickets. These tickets were meant to raise money for sports organizations in Laos, to better train both mens and womens Laotian athletes.

Complaints came when government officials were required to buy these sports tickets, to help raise money through the sports lottery. This amounted to a hidden tax on certain Laotian government officials. Others went to complain the money raised was not reaching the athletes, even at that.

For more information about the Laos National Lottery, the phone number for the Lao Sport Lottery is +856 21 41 3305. The Lao Lottery Development Luangnamtha Branch is +856 86 21 1117 and the Lao Lottery Development Enterprise is +856 21 26 2824.

Laotian Information

The Lao people's history started as its own unique culture and polity in the 14th century, when the Lan Xang kingdom was founded. This kingdom lasted into the 18th century, though it was divided into three parts by the ruling king of Siam. This rule came to an end when France began their colonial experience in Indo-China.

The French made Vietnam a colony in 1869, which started a colonial rivalry with the British in Southeast Asia. The French decided to annex Laos as a buffer state against British encroachments through Burma. This state was governed through Vientiane.

The French were driven out of Indo-China by the Japanese in World War II, but reestablished control in 1945. Independence movements broke out against the French throughout these colonies, including Laos. Eventually, the French gave the Laotians nominal autonomy in 1950, reinstituting the Lao Kingdom. In reality, the French continued to make decisions until their defeat in Vietnam in 1954. The French continued to train Laotian military units until 1955, when the U.S. CIA took over the operation.

Americans could back the Loatian kingdom for the next twenty years, with the CIA evening organizing a 30,000-man Laotian army. The Pathet Lao communist party began an insurgency against the Royal Laos Army. The Pathet Lao were backed by the North Vietnamese, who began to encroach on Laotian sovereignty in the years to come.

They opened the Ho Chi Minh Trail in eastern Laos, rearming the Vietcong in South Vietnam through it. This led to a vast bombing campaign by the U.S. Air Force, which continued through most phases of the Vietnam War. A 1960 coup began the troubles in earnest, though all sides agreed to a 1962 neutralization treaty.

All foreign troops were supposed to leave Laos, but neither the North Vietnamese nor the CIA ever left Loas. The Laotian Civil War continued from 1962 until 1975, when the communists took control of Laos. Many Hmong people, who largely sided with the Americans, fled the country. Many Hmong relocated to the United States, often in Iowa.

Meanwhile, the Laotians communists came between a dispute between the Chinese and the Vietnamese. Vietnamese troops remained in Laos, blocking the Chinese from supplying their allies in Cambodia. When the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia, the Chinese began to put political pressure on Laos. When Laos sided with Vietnam, the Chinese closed the Laotian borders.

After the war, the United States led an embargo of Laos, which lasted from 1975 until 2005. Laos began moving to a market economy in the 1990's, and even joined the ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in 1997. Other western-based countries in ASEAN include the Phillipines and Singapore.

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