Etiquette in Laos

Laos is located in Southeast Asia and has a population of 6.8 million people.

The nation is a unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party state.

The official language of Laos is Lao. Spoken languages include Hmong and Khmu.

Most citizens follow Buddhism, but around 30% of the population remains unspecified or practice other faiths.

The currency of Laos is the kip.

Shaking hands is acceptable, but the nop is more usual. It involves placing both hands palm together as though praying and slightly nodding forward. Don’t initiate kissing on the cheek as this will be cause for embarrassment.

Kissing is not welcome. Hand-holding is the extent of public affection that’s considered acceptable.

While it’s accepted that tourists wear swim-wear while swimming, they shouldn’t wear them in the streets or into shops. It’s considered vulgar not to cover up.

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