Laos is universally known as a safe country – even international standards such as the Peace Index list this country among the safest places in Southeast Asia. The population is hospitable and relaxed, the atmosphere is tranquil; truly a land that poses no problems for those hoping to visit.
Nevertheless, completely safe places don’t exist, but in Laos so long as you follow the common standards of conduct dictated by good sense – such as not running through the streets waving brand new dollars and not treating people as if you were a colonial landowner visiting their holdings – and you’ll see that your vacation will be exceedingly relaxing.
It is good to remember that as is often the case in Asia, Laoatian law carries the death penalty for certain crimes such as sexual assault and drug trafficking. Another crime carrying capital punishment is high treason, but here we won’t go into your relationship with the communist party that governs Laos. [Read more…]