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Culture Smart! Laos offers in-depth information to visitors seeking a genuine
experience, including essential insights and advice on local customs and lifestyle.
The information, collected through research and the experience of living and
working in this beautiful country, is also of great use to businesspeople and
prospective investors.
Once known as “the Kingdom of a Million Elephants under the White Parasol,”
Laos is a landlocked country of great contrast and beauty in the heart of the
Indochinese peninsula. Dominated by the mighty Mekong River, it has dense
forests, mountain peaks that soar above the morning mist, and a fascinating
combination of glorious Asian temples and iconic French colonial architecture.
This multiethnic land of gentle people, struggling to survive in a sometimes
harsh environment with the most basic of facilities, is attracting more and more
enthusiastic visitors each year. Formally a one-party socialist republic, Laos has
ambitious industrial development strategies and today is a member of ASEAN and
the WTO.
Visitors quickly relax and enjoy the vibrancy and colour of bustling marketplaces
with their aromatic spices, tropical fruits, and huge wicker baskets containing
many varieties of rice. You may glimpse a group of monks of all ages wandering
past in flowing orange robes, and later hear their chanting emanating from within
the temple walls. Passing a line of children in school uniform, chattering and
laughing noisily, you will always be greeted with a gracious bow and “sabaidee.”
Whatever the purpose of your visit, in Laos you will always be met with warmth,
courtesy, and hospitality, and feel completely safe.

Culture Smart! Laos offers in-depth information to visitors seeking a genuine experience, including essential insights and advice on local customs and lifestyle. The information, collected through research and the experience of living and working in this beautiful country, is also of great use to businesspeople and prospective investors.

Once known as “the Kingdom of a Million Elephants under the White Parasol,” Laos is a landlocked country of great contrast and beauty in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula. Dominated by the mighty Mekong River, it has dense forests, mountain peaks that soar above the morning mist, and a fascinating combination of glorious Asian temples and iconic French colonial architecture. This multiethnic land of gentle people, struggling to survive in a sometimes harsh environment with the most basic of facilities, is attracting more and more enthusiastic visitors each year. Formally a one-party socialist republic, Laos has ambitious industrial development strategies and today is a member of ASEAN and the WTO.

Visitors quickly relax and enjoy the vibrancy and colour of bustling marketplaces with their aromatic spices, tropical fruits, and huge wicker baskets containing many varieties of rice. You may glimpse a group of monks of all ages wandering past in flowing orange robes, and later hear their chanting emanating from within the temple walls. Passing a line of children in school uniform, chattering and laughing noisily, you will always be greeted with a gracious bow and “sabaidee.” Whatever the purpose of your visit, in Laos you will always be met with warmth, courtesy, and hospitality, and feel completely safe.

NADA MATAS-RUNQUIST is a Croatian-born French academic, interpreter, teacher, consultant, and international project manager who speaks five languages fluently and is proficient in four more. A true polymath, she has worked in languages, science, bioethics, law, and civic education. She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University, is associate professor in multidisciplinary studies at the University of Montpellier and Avignon, and has permanent professorships in Laos and Croatia. She has studied and held academic posts in eight different countries, including the National University of Laos, and currently divides her time between Vientiane and Avignon.