Laos Travel Tips

Customs & Traditions In Laos

While I found New Zealand and Australia to be so much like home I barely noticed a difference, traditions in SE Asia required a bit more attention and caution. I took photos of the following illustrations posted in the customs office at the border. Now if you ever visit Laos, you won’t look like a jerk.

Feet off the table!

Laos Travel Tips


Caption: In Laos, your head is high and your feet low. Using your feet for anything other than walking or playing sport is generally considered rude.

Please note the character with the ginormous feet is drinking beer and eating French fries – a dead giveaway that he is an idiot falang (a falang is a person of European descent – think of like the Hispanics calling Americans “Gringos”). Perhaps we can also do away with putting our giant feet on tables back home as well.

No touchie!

Laos Travel TipsCaption: Monks are revered and respected in Laos. Women should not touch monks or a monk’s robes.

Monks are not to be treated as costumed Disney characters. Please keep your skanky falang midriffs off of them.

Get a room!

Laos Travel TipsCaption: Kissing and hugging in public is impolite. Please be discrete.

What do you think this is – Paris? NO PDA in Laos, please.

Don’t do drugs

Laos Travel tipsCaption: The use of drugs is illegal in Laos. The consequences may be severe for you in Lao society.

This is the one photo on which I must beg to differ, having been to Vang Vieng and seen for myself the “happy shakes” and whatnot for sale on the menu. And the passed out drunk Laotians & falangs floating down the river…

Up next… New Year’s in April

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  • June 11, 2011

    Common sense, but pretty amusing, especially the last one! Of course, common sense doesn’t stop people from doing all these things though…some tourists just don’t have much sense.

    • June 16, 2011

      Seems like common sense, but there are always travelers with their bums hanging out of their shorts or groping each other drunk in a bar… those Laotians must be quite offended =)

  • June 19, 2012

    I love border/customs cartoons. Always informative but also always hilarious.

  • June 19, 2012

    I had a monk almost sit on my lap on a cramped bus in Thailand. I wasn’t really sure of the appropriate etiquette there!

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