Lao People

Amazing scenes during our travels in rural Laos

The Lao people or Laotians are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, who speak the eponymous language of the Kra–Dai languages, originating from present-day southern China. They are the majority ethnic group of Laos, making up 53.2% of the total population. The majority of Lao people adhere to Theravada Buddhism. They are closely related to other Tai peoples, especially (or synonymous) with the Isan people, who are also speakers of Lao language, but native to neighboring Thailand.

In Western historiography, terms Lao people and Laotian have had a loose meaning. Both terms were irregularly applied both to all natives of Laos in general, aside from or alongside ethnic Lao during different periods in history; since the end of the French rule in Laos in 1953, Lao has been applied solely to the ethnic group while Laotian refers to any citizen of Laos regardless of their ethnic identity. Certain countries still conflate the terms in their statistics.

 

Ethnic tribe smoking water pipe
Terieng Village everyone smokes the water pipe
Terrieng villager Ban Bouang Kaleum
Terrieng villager Ban Bouang Kaleum

 

 

Teriang Ethnic villager Ban Laboy Southern Laos
Teriang Ethnic villager Ban Laboy Southern Laos

 

Sekhai Market just outside Vientiane
Sekhai Market just outside Vientiane

 

Kids pulling a handmade cart

 

Banana seller Lao Bao on Road 9
Banana seller Lao Bao on Road 9

 

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Pepsi bottle with Gasoline, No Smoking!

 

Xam Neua Northern Laos
Xam Neua Northern Laos

 

Kareum district home made toys
Kareum district home made toys

 

Akha Tribal Villager Muang Sing District
Akha Tribal Villager Muang Sing District

 

Sam Lien Thon Kham
Sam Lien Thon Kham

 

Ban Laboy On the Ho Chi Minh trail
Ban Laboy On the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Hmong Festival Phou Khoun District Laos
Hmong Festival Phou Khoun District Laos

 

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos
Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

 

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Hmong festival

 

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Brau Ethnic People Southern Provinces of Laos

 

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Support base, local girl eating noodle soup. Northern Laos

 

Tribal Villager Northern Laos selling Chinese beer
Tribal Villager Northern Laos selling Chinese beer

 

Villager Nong Fa Southern Laos
Villager Nong Fa Southern Laos

 

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Tribal villager on the Ho Chi Minh trail
Tribal villager Ban La Hap, on the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Hmong Festival and Phone
Hmong Festival and Phone

 

tribal villager sticky rice
tribal villager sticky rice

 

Katu Villager, tribal celebration
Katu Villager, tribal celebration

 

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Riding a bike Nongfa Lake Attepeu Southern Laos

 

Hmong man with a freshly killed buffalo head

 

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Tribal villager and son gathering wood Lao Vietnam border

 

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Meo villager Phongsali district Northern Laos

 

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Viengthong 53 km

 

Phongsali province young student reading
Phongsali province young student reading

 

Pou Noi villagers weaving at  young age
Pou Noi villagers weaving at young age

 

 

Ngai Villager Dak Cheung district Southern Laos
Ngai Villager Dak Cheung district Southern Laos

 

Villagers collecting wood high in the mountains  Phongsali province
Villagers collecting wood high in the mountains Phongsali province

 

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Tribal villager and son on the Ho Chi Minh trail Laos

 

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Jackhammer crew, on mountain cut Kasi District

 

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Buddhist Monk Vientiane province

 

Local fisherman on the Tonle Repeu river border with Cambodia
Local fisherman on the Tonle Repeu river border with Cambodia

 

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Xam Neua province Big smile from kid on a scooter

 

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Ethnic villagers along a remote section of the Ho Chi Minh trail.
What, never seen a foreigner before?

 

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Coconut Kid, a young tribal villager carrying water to the village

 

Laosgpsmap Kmu Village Luang Prabang Province
Laosgpsmap Kmu Village Luang Prabang Province

 

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Red Mud and big smiles chugging a load of fresh cut timber.

 

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Ethnic villagers smoking at a young age

 

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Young child helping here family sell vegetables on the side of the road Hongsa

 

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Akha tribes people Oudomxay province Northern Laos

 

Dakcheung Province, crossbow hunting

 

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LaosGPSmap-Cooking breakfast Kmu village

 

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Ban Bac children posing for the camera

 

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Children are encouraged to help out from an early age, as seen here in this Hmong village Nong Het district Northern Laos

 

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos
Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

 

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Farmer carrying field plow, Phonsavan Northern Laos

 

Pounoy Tribes people Phongsali Province Nothern Laos, these indigenous tribespeople are preparing for a funeral party.
Pounoy Tribes people Phongsali Province Nothern Laos, these indigenous tribespeople are preparing for a funeral party.

 

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Hua Pan province, happy girl Houay Ma village

 

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Akha hill tribe, Ban Boun Tai Northern Laos, blue dye on here hands is from working with weaving products.

 

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Chain saw man, the saw is as big as the bike, Logging is a bustling trade with wood prices very high due to demand in China.

 

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Cow girl getting the herd home before the storm hits.
Ponsavan, Northern Laos

 

Akha woman in the Jungle

 

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Hmong Villager Muang Pek District Norhern Laos

 

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Motorcycle seller, Vientiane province

 

Goldpanner
Goldpanning Ban San Noi Northern Laos

 

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Phongsali District man making gun from scratch

 

Kasi district Local kids taking a break from rice farming

 

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local villager mining gold, Nonghet district Northern laos

 

Hmong New Year Xieng Khouang Laos Plain of Jars
Hmong New Year Xieng Khouang Laos Plain of Jars

 

Village girl fishing Kamouane province

 

Kids in a cart in the rain, Gnomalat

 

Old woman with small fish for dinner..

 

Crossbow hunting

 

Village elder along the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Ta Oy Villager

 

 

Ta Oy district

 

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Kids swimming in a fountain Muang Xai District Northern Laos

 

Brau ethnic villager Attepue province

 

Dak Cheung district woman smoking a big cigar.

 

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Ban Bang, Karuem district Ta Oy villager and her baby.

 

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Bouarapha district 3 kids posing with fish traps

 

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Catch of the day Saravanh Southern Laos

 

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Morning light the Mae Ban prepairing breakfast

 

Mounpalok District Southern Laos young girl going to school
Mounpalok District Southern Laos young girl going to school

 

Weaver in village Northern Laos
Weaver in village Northern Laos

 

Army Checkpoint and Cha Hawn
Army Checkpoint and Cha Hawn
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