Lao People’s Democratic Republic, known as Laos, offers visitors a breathtaking array of stunning scenery, history, culture, great food and adventure, coupled with the opportunity to see how its diverse peoples live.
- Location: shares the borders with China, Myanmar to the North, Vietnam to the East, Cambodia to the South and Thailand to the West.
- Area: 237,955 km2
- Population: 7,064,242 in 2019
- Religion: Folk, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
- Capital: Vientiane
- Largest city: Vientiane
- Spoken Language: Lao, Hmong, Khmu, French
- Currency: Kip (₭) ( US$ 1 = 8,618 Kip – May 2019)
- Time Zone: UTC + 7
DO AND DON’T
- Saying SAHBAI-DEE ("hello" in Lao) – with touch your palms together below your chin and nod your head downwards.
- Dressing neatly and showing respect when entering temples, pagodas or churches.
- Take off your shoes before entering Lao person’s home or religious grounds.
- Asking permission before taking pictures Don’t follow people around and try to avoid snapping photos of them doing personal things like bathing. Show the photo to them after you’ve taken it.
- Protecting the environment – Refusing to buy wildlife or plastic products.
- No bikini or swimsuit Most Lao people swim in rivers or waterfalls with at least shorts and a T-shirt. It is more polite to do this rather than walk around in a swimsuit or bikini.
- Don’t express the affection of lovers in public.
- Don’t show confrontational attitude towards local people