Taboo: Laotians mostly live in places near lakes and rivers. There is a strict distinction in the use of rivers next to the village: the upper part is used for drinking, not available for bathing or laundry; the middle section is for men to bathe, while the lower part is for women. When taking water, as long as there are common appliances such as bamboo tubes at the water source, you cannot use your own equipment to scoop up water directly. There is also a distinction in water use indoors. Generally speaking, the water in the small bamboo tube or gourd is used for drinking and cannot be used for washing.
There are not many public toilets in the urban area of Laos. In rural areas, there’s used to be no toilet, and people should go to the hidden places, such as bamboo forests, bushes, etc., but not in rivers, farmlands, vegetable fields, orchard gardens or pig and cow barn to relieve the bowels. To enter the Laotian family's house, you should take off the shoes, and the outsiders should not enter the inner room. It is not permitted to spit and warm shoes or socks at the edge of the fireplace indoors, and to sit, sleep or place objects at the place of God worship. After entering the house, people usually sit on the ground, but the feet cannot be pointed to the others. Men mostly sit cross-legged, while women merger their knees and sit with their feet putting on one side. It is not permitted to walk through people at talking, especially for women. If this is inevitable, you should lower your head and say "Sorry". It is important to respect the elderly and pay attention to etiquette.
In addition, there are many other taboos in Laos, such as the top of the head, especially those of the kids, is not allowed to be touched, as it is the most distinguished part, which is very different from the habits of some ethnic groups in China. To enter the temple, you should take off your shoes, and it is not allowed to touch the Buddha statues freely, and to kill or cut down bodhi trees or trees of heaven in or near the Buddhist temple. It is also not permitted to bring things in the temple outside, and to take things that the monks are banned from eating, such as dog meat, horse meat, snake meat and wine into the temple. Outsiders can't eat with the monks. The water in the pond, the water tank or pot in the Buddhist temple can be drunk by the outsiders, but that in the monk's kettle is not allowed unless the monk gives you the approval. The thatch and bamboo near the village are the necessary materials for building, and most of them have owners, so please don’t cut them down freely.