It is better to read Laos travel tips before traveling to this Asian country. The Laos word hello is “Sa Bai Dee”, usually said with a smile. Touching or showing affection I public with embarrass your hosts.
Lao people traditionally greet each other by pressing their palms together to “Nop”, although it is acceptable for men to shake hands.
In Laos your head is “high”, your feet “low”. Using your feet for anything other than walking or playing sport is generally considered rude.
Touching someone’s head is very, very impolite.
Lao people appreciate clean and neatly dressed visitors.
Bathing nude in public is impossible.
Please remember to take off your shoes before you enter a Lao person’s home.
Remember, your head is “high”, your feet “low”. It is polite to gently crouch down when passing someone who is seated. Never ever step over someone in your path.
Kissing and hugging in public is impolite. Please be discrete.
Lao people speak softly and avoid confrontation. Please do not shout or raise your voice.
Before you take a photo of someone ask if it is ok.
Please do not distribute gifts to children as it encourages begging, but give to an establishes organization or village elders instead.
Try eating delicious Laos food whenever you can it helps local business and Laos farmers.
Please show respect and dress neatly while in temples and when taking photos.
There are many other sacred items and sites in Laos. Please don’t touch or enter these places without permission.
Monks are revered and respected in Laos, however women should not touch a monk or a monk’s robes.
Please help to keep Laos clean and beautiful by not leaving litter. Picking up rubbish sets a good example for Lao youth.
The illegal sale of wildlife and wildlife products endangers many species native to Laos. Help protect Lao wildlife by refusing to buy wildlife products.
Please help prevent of forest fires.
Laos loses a little of its heritage every time an antique is taken out of the country. Please do not by antique Bouddhas or other sacred items. Instead, support local craftsmen by purchasing new, quality handicrafts.
The use of drugs is illegal in Laos. The consequences may be severe for you and Lao society.
Sex tourism is illegal in Lao PDR and child-sex tourism is a serious crime. Please protect children in Laos from sexual abuse and exploitation by reporting suspicious behavior.
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