Before I moved to Laos, I have to admit that I didn't give a great deal of thought to its industry or national output. I won't be too hard on myself on this count as I was more preoccupied with schools and housing and the procurement of Straight Things.
But if I'd thought about it, I would probably have said that Laos produces... rice (that's an easy one), silver (based on a trip years ago to Luang Prabang) and the omnipresent Beer Lao.
The good thing about not really knowing much about something is that you can be pleasantly surprised to find out. This weekend, we visited the Vientiane Expo, timed to coincide with the 40th Laos national day. And I discovered everything that Laos produces, all under one roof.
The Vientiane Expo is on the 7th floor of the new ITEC building. It runs until the 7 December 2015.