The Laotian people are of a rather reserved nature. But once the relationship of trust is established, Laotians are more friendly, sometimes even taking you by the hand or arm on a walk, or inviting you to their home to introduce you to their family over a good meal, a cup of tea or a glass of Lao Lao (rice alcohol). Outside tourist areas, residents rarely approach foreigners out of interest. They are very curious and are eager to practice English or French for the older ones.
The art of living :
Lao people respect their environment and show a certain gratitude towards the nature that feeds them, and a good deference towards their neighbours. Religion and family are values that are subject to ancestral traditions. Fathers spend a lot of time with their children and it is not uncommon to see men taking care of babies. In return, children faithfully respect their parents. They have the same behaviour towards foreigners, especially in small towns and villages. An attitude that encourages us to return the favor.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette