Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Don’t get involved in local religion or politics. --Pooja
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  • Do not spit everywhere --Pooja
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  • Don't touch strangers and locals. Physical touch is not a common thing. --Pooja
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  • Do not smoke inside a Buddhist temple or inside a restaurant --Pooja
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  • Don’t touch anyone’s head - it’s considered rude. --Pooja
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  • Do not wear shorts and tank tops inside a temple --Pooja
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  • Don’t necessarily beckon someone with palm upwards - it may be considered rude. Hold your hand palm downwards with the fingers pointing towards the ground and sway them loosely. --Pooja
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  • Do not make loud noises while talking inside a temple or restaurant --Pooja
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  • Don't pull the motorbike in the middle of the road when trying to turn right as you might be hit from behind or the front by others. Most traffic accidents are caused by this as it's common for vehicles are overtaking each of the sides in parallel and stopping in the middle can cause. --Pooja
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  • If you are a woman, don't sit next to a monk in public buses or places --Pooja
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  • Don’t forget the standard Lao greeting is ”Sabaideebore” (How are you?), usually done with both hands pressed together in prayer in front of your body and accompanied with a slight bow or nod. Younger should always bow first. Some men will also shake hands. --Pooja
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  • Don't forget to negotiate taxi fare before you ride unless the taximeter is on. --Pooja
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  • Don’t forget to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or Buddhist temple. --Pooja
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  • Wear proper cloths and be conservative. --Pooja
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