One of the many rice fields in Laos
Living in Laos

Rice production in Laos

Rice is the main crop in Laos, with 80% of the land in Laos which is suitable for growing crops planted with rice. Unsurprisingly Laos has one of the highest per capita level of rice [Read more…]

Hmong people of Laos
Lao Culture

Hmong people of Laos

The Hmong people are the third largest ethnic group in Laos. Estimates of the number of Hmong people living in Laos range from 450,000 to 600,000. The largest ethnic group, and the economically and politically [Read more…]

Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang in Laos
Living in Laos

Living as a Buddhist Monk in Laos

Approximately two-thirds of people in Laos identify as Buddhist, albeit a uniquely Lao version of the religion, and a high percentage of males, perhaps 30% to 50%, at some point in their lives ordain as [Read more…]

Passenger boat on the Mekong River in Laos
Great Journeys in Laos

Slow boat to Luang Prabang

Like most journeys in South East Asia, there is a hard way to do it and an easy way to do it. Taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang definitely counts as the hard way. [Read more…]

Sai Bat in the morning alms giving ceremony in Laos
Lao Culture

Alms giving ceremony in Laos

The giving of alms to monks is a part of daily life which is closely associated with Laos culture and it has a special significance not always understood by non-Buddhists. Alms Giving Tradition in Buddhism In [Read more…]

Khao tom is popular in Laos as well as Thailand
Food in Laos

Khao Tom

Khao tom is snack food that is popular all over South East Asia, but particularly in Laos and Thailand, that comes in a variety of different forms. The defining characteristic of the recipe is that [Read more…]

Tam som is the Lao name for green papaya salad
Food in Laos

Lao Papaya Salad

Tam som, also often referred to as tam mak hoong, is a green papaya salad which is eaten all over Laos and is one of the most famous Lao dishes. Tam som is very different [Read more…]

Primary school in rural Laos
Living in Laos

Education in Laos

Freedom House, a non-governmental research group based in the United States of America, ranks Laos’s education system as 108 out of 149 countries included in their study. This is slightly above Congo at 119th and [Read more…]

Green Discovery office in Luang Prabang
Travel Companies

Green Discovery, Laos

Green Discovery is one of the most well known adventure tour operators in Laos with over 20 years experience in taking tourists on a variety of different expeditions across Laos. Green Discovery have booking office [Read more…]

Laos style sausage
Food in Laos

Laos Sausage

Laos style sausages are widely eaten all over Laos and in the North Eastern Region of Thailand. Their distinctive taste has also proved popular with a wider international audience and they now made fresh, as [Read more…]