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 Laos culture and interacting with locals as long as you use your head, eyes and your common sense
– Practice a formal greeting for Laos 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 Laos person;s home
– Accept any water that Laos people serve you even if you don’t want to drink.
– Touch Laos 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 Laos 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