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Laos is a country situated in Southeast Asia, bordered by Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north. It counts a total population of 6.8 million people with Vientiane its capital and largest city. Laos is also known as “Land of a Million Elephants”. Elephants are sacred for Laos's people and they symbolise the ancient kingdom of Lan Xang. It is believed that elephants will bring prosperity to the country. Laos has a rich culture with multi-ethnic residents and historical landmarks and monuments for visitors to enjoy. These include the Phra That Luang (Pha That Luang) which is the most important Buddhist monument there. The climate in Laos is tropical monsoon. It is influenced by strong monsoon with a high rate of rainfall and humidity but a considerable amount of sun as well. The annual average temperatures are between 22°C and 27°C during the whole year.