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Rules Abound: Cultural Etiquette in Laos

LAOS | Friday, 8 June 2007 | Views [2583]

The Government in Laos is very keen to educate visitors to this country on how to behave while visiting. It's actually quite helpful, and they do it in a way that's quite entertaining- through cartoon strips. These "etiquette or rules" cartoons are posted in bus stations, airports, guest houses, and anywhere one might expect to find tourists wandering around. Some of the behavioral guides here:

1) Monks are highly revered in Laos. Always sit lower (elevation) than monks.
2) Don't walk over someone.
3) Don't touch someone's head.
4) Dress modestly - covered from shoulder to shin.
5) Do not show affection toward someone in public (i.e. touching, kissing, holding hands).
6) Take off shoes before entering a home, temple and in some cases shops, restaurants, etc. Do not use your feet for anything other than walking.
7) Don't touch Buddha relics.
8) Always ask permission before taking photos.

Tags: Culture

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