Lao people love to play games
Living in Laos

Fun and games in Laos

Playing games and sport is very popular in Laos. A popular misconception in richer countries is that people in poorer countries, such as Laos, don’t have the time, energy or inclination to play games and [Read more…]

Couples typically marry young in Laos
Living in Laos

Marriage in Laos

Marriage is popular in Laos, and Lao people from most ethnic groups, particularly women, tend to get married young. A much more restrictive attitude is taken by the authorities towards Lao people marrying foreigners and [Read more…]

Teaching is one of the volunteering opportunities in Laos
Living in Laos

Volunteering in Laos

Volunteering in Laos is a popular activity for many younger social and environmentally conscious travellers, particularly from Western Europe and North America. Without a doubt volunteering is a way to get to know Lao people [Read more…]

Children's Day in Laos
Living in Laos

Childhood in Laos

Approximately half of the population of Laos live under the poverty line, and the in context of this poverty an unhealthy proportion of children in Laos grow up in very tough circumstances. Not all children [Read more…]

One of the many rice fields in Laos
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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…]

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…]

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…]

Laos is one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia
Living in Laos

Cost of living in Laos

It is cheap to stay in Laos, but not as cheap as it was at the end of the 1990s. Laos has come a long way in terms of economic development in the last 20 [Read more…]