Laos is a small, landlocked country in Southeast Asia that’s bordered by Thailand and Vietnam to the west and China to the north. The Lao population consists of many ethnic groups and lives throughout rural areas as well as Vientiane, which is home to temples used for Buddhist rituals such as weddings or funerals. Islam is also practiced by Muslims who inhabit this nation. The climate here ranges from humid during wet season (from May through October) to dry conditions with less rain during winter months (November through April). Due to its location near large bodies of water like rivers and lakes, most electricity comes from hydroelectric power plants along those waterways; however, there are still villages without access to modern amenities like running water or electricity.