Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Lao culture

There is a lot more to Laos than meets the eye. In the six features below, we'll introduce you to the history, culture and traditions of this all-too-frequently overlooked part of the world, and hope to convince you that Laos has at least as much to offer as its venerable neighbours, Vietnam and Cambodia!

  • Religion


    Though the principal religion of Laos is Theravada Buddhism, the country also has a wide variety of ethnic groups with their own religious traditions.

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  • People


    Laos is the only country in the world that traditionally divides its citizens based on the altitude at which they live, rather than by ethnic origin.

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  • Social conventions

    Social conventions

    Social conventions in Laos are heavily influenced by the country's Buddhist traditions. Here, we'll give you an introduction to the local etiquette.

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  • History


    Though relatively little-known, Laos (or the Land of the Million Elephants, as it was formerly known) has a long, varied and fascinating history.

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  • Culinary Traditions

    Culinary Traditions

    Laos consumes more sticky rice per capita than any country in the world, and the Lao people refer to themselves as 'children of sticky rice'.

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  • Art & Architecture

    Art & Architecture

    The arts and architecture of Laos tend to draw their influences from India, China and the nation's own rich indigenous traditions.

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