Dos And Don'ts In Laos

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If you are travelling to Laos, either for a short visit or for a longer stay, it is important to know what you should or shouldn’t do in this country.

Laotians are hospitable, friendly and soft people. They have a very relaxed attitude to life. You should have no troubles navigating Lao culture and interacting with locals as long as you use your head, eyes and your common sense

Dos:                                                           

-          Practice a formal greeting for Lao people such as the “Nop” and handshakes

-          Dress and behave modestly , especially in religious shrines or temples

-          Keep you head lower than Buddha and monks.

-          Take your shoes off and leave them outside the house or on stairs when entering a Lao person;s home

-          Accept any water that Lao people serve you even if you don’t want to drink.

Don’ts

-          Touch Lao people’s heads

-           Expose too much skin

-          Wear shoes in temple Buildings

-          Touch the Buddha

-          Turn your back on the Buddha

-          Use plastic bags and return rubbish to towns or villages.

-          Raise your voice to Lao people, especially in public.

-          Expose the feet when sitting down, rest the feet on tables or chairs and gesture with the feet.

-          Step over someone and food

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