What are some differences between Lao and Thai people?
Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:38 AM
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:30 PM
Well, no, I disagree. Lao people are still affected by the scars of the Indochina Wars. Additionally, they are sometimes limited from what they can do by living within a communist framework. In comparison, Isaan people are very free -- more so than even the United States. This sometimes can be their undoing. But, by being free, Isaan people are a very happy people and I do not find that to be true in Laos, in general.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:42 AM
When I visit Thailand now, I find the rampant, plastic commercialism to be unpleasant.
The Lao, are generally more quiet, restrained and respectful. Still proud to be Lao, though 'short' shorts are becoming more common, so the change is upon them...
Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:21 AM
The change is happening but slowly. In my 40 years of coming and going from Lao I have seen major changes.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:24 AM
There were numerous times in Laos, where I would purposely overpay some street vendor 5 times the value of the item, walk away, only to have a little girl chase me down the street shouting "Brother! Brother! You forgot your change!"
Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:48 AM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:10 PM
... and I guarantee that a subset of Laotians will exhibit the same black hearts, shallow commercialism and consumerism as a subset of their Thai cousins when they find 'modernity'.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:07 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:41 PM
This could be something to do with buddhism perhaps ??
There is a Lao saying, 'het bun dai bun', give good receive good.
And I do agree with our most annoying members statement about a certain Lao subset. Have seen it.
Edited by stumpy, 13 July 2012 - 10:41 PM.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:21 PM
Though they're undoubtedly more principled than a UK banker.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:56 AM
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