Laos is a Buddhist country and understanding and observation of the religion’s importance in day to day life as well how it influences the work culture of Lao people is a significant advantage. Although English is widely spoken, a basic to intermediate understanding of the Lao language will make communication easier and be viewed as a sign of respect. Prior to shaking a person’s hand to start an introduction, it is customary to place your palms together in front of your body and bowing, which is called a 'nop', and to say ‘Sabaidee’ (hello). At the end of a meeting, the same gesture is repeated and accompanied with ‘Kop jai’ (thank you). It is acceptable for foreigners to shake hands with Lao of both sexes.
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