Over 60% (some people say it’s even 90%) of people from Laos are followers of Theravada Buddhism.
It is the dominant form of religion in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand;
and it’s also practiced by minority groups in other Asian countries.
Currently, there are only a few communist states; however some of them are really large. Laos is one of the communist countries; where the only legal political party is the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. So, you can expect to see many of these red flags in laos.
Golden Triangle is an area where people used to grow opium, at the boarder or Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
You can visit the place e.g., while being in Thailand, but I don’t really think it’s worth visiting…