Loas is divided into two
geographic regions: highlands & river valleys. The river valleys were inhabited by
Thai-speaking Lao people, while the highlands were occupied primarily by Hmong. This
division influenced the
unity of Laos. Despite Vietnam & Thailand, the powerful neighbours
to the east & west of Laos, France declared
Laos as a French protectorate in 1893.
is an Akha woman from Muang Sing, Laos.
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