Most of us here at Colonial Flag have yet to visit Laos. The flag of this kingdom used to be red, with a triple-headed white elephant under a parasol. This in fact signified the ancient name of the country, "land of a million elephants," and dated from the last century.
From the year 1953 and onwards the government was at war with Pathet Lao, whose flag was blue in color and featured a white disk and red colored borders at the top as well as the bottom, dating from the fifties.
From about 1973 through 1975 the Pathet Lao was part of the government coalition, but at some point during the seventies it assumed power directly and the King abdicated. Their flag then became the national standard.