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Show respect in Laos by following local greeting customs

Laotians traditionally greet others by pressing their palms together in a sort of prayer gesture known as a nop; it is also acceptable for men to shake hands. If you attempt a nop, remember that it’s basically reserved for social greetings; don’t greet a hotel or restaurant employee this way. The general greeting is "sabai di" ("good health"), invariably said with a smile. See our Laos coverage.

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