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Country is worth a visit — no McDonald’s or KFC and attractive sites to see in this communist part of the world By Sandra Scott In 1954 Laos achieved independence from France but the French influence is still seen everywhere. An example is the Victory Gate modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Laos is not the first country that comes to mind when planning a trip to Southeast Asia but it should be considered. Laos is one of few remaining communist countries in the world, which means that it has not been overtaken by commercialism. You won’t find McDonald’s or KFC, a fact that adds to the charm of the country. The food is fresh and often organic because fertilizers and pesticides are too expensive. They say they don’t need fast food places because most of their food is “fast food,” quick and easy to prepare. Laos’s capital and largest city, Vientiane, is located on the Mekong River. The city is much more sedate than other capital cities in Southeast Asia. In 1954 the Lao achieved independence from France but the French influence is still seen in the buildings, cafes and some signage. One of the interesting sites