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Laos Travel Tips

The following latest travel tips are important to foreigners to travel around Laos. To ensure having a great time in Laos, kindly read them carefully. And if you have any other question about your trip, you can mail us at service@indochinatourguide.com 
Customs and Taboos
1. Laos is a Buddhism country that people are generally traditional and conservative. Women’s dresses are mostly traditional, even ones wearing shorts or skirts can hardly be seen on the street. 
2. The Lao people greet or say goodbye to each other with a prayer-like gesture called a nop that two hands are put together in front of chest. A younger person or a person of lower status nops their elder or social superior. Generally men are suggested not to forwardly shake hands with women.
3. Backslapping, public displays of affection, shouting, and wild gesticulation are all considered impolite. As with entering temples, shoes are removed before entering somebody's home.
4. The head is considered the highest part of the body, while the feet are considered the lowest, both literally and figuratively. Touching someone's head or pointing at people or things with the feet are, therefore, considered extremely rude. 
5. In some villages you may see some special symbols drawn on the doors or eaves, that means there exist ghosts in those houses, you’d better make a detour and get away from them. 
6. Not only many Lao people are accustomed to sleep at noon, but also the closing time of every industry is early. If you have to go to the post, please arrive before 15:30. As the general working time is from Monday to the morning of Saturday, you should buy plane ticket ahead.
Health Care
Health issues and the quality of medical facilities vary enormously depending on where and how you travel in Laos. Medical travel insurance is a practical option. Visitors always need to examine the local infection information, too.
Parts of Laos have plenty of Malaria so anti-malarials medicine is recommended if visiting those areas for an extended period. Other mosquito-born diseases, such as dengue, can be life-threatening, so make sure you bring at least 25% DEET insect repellent and ensure that you sleep with mosquito protection like nets or at least a fan. The usual precautions regarding food and water are needed. Bottled water is widely available. Make sure the bottle is sealed. Toilet items should also be carried in sufficient quantity for the entire visit unless their availability at the travel destination is assured.
Vientiane has several medical clinics are associated with European embassies. Otherwise, you probably have to go to Thailand for better treatment of serious injuries and illnesses. Udon Thani and Chiang Mai are generally recommended; they're only a few hours away, depending on your location in Laos.