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Reply #15 - 25th Jun, 2017 at 11:50am
 
By right-of-way, I meant to ask, do motorcycle taxis use the sidewalks, drive in opposite lanes, etc.? Drive like maniacs? Or are Laotians more sedate and law-abiding?
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Reply #16 - 25th Jun, 2017 at 2:36pm
 
I haven't seen any motorcycle taxis involved in an accident, you're safe on one.

Motorcycle taxis are generally cheaper to ride than jumbos, tuk tuks, and car taxis in Laos.
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Reply #17 - 25th Jun, 2017 at 4:44pm
 
The photo below is normal in Laos. Only one passenger is wearing a helmet and smoking!

You can have four people on a motorbike, in all honesty you are allowed to have as many people as you like on a motorbike.

In Laos, we like to say "sabai, sabai" meaning just relax because everything is fine.



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Reply #18 - 26th Jun, 2017 at 11:51am
 
Do Laotian men smoke alot of cigarettes? What about Laotian women smoking, is this acceptable? Is it common to smoke and ride a motorcycle? It looks so free compared to America.
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Reply #19 - 26th Jun, 2017 at 2:14pm
 
I don't really know the percentage of smokers in Laos but most people I know don't smoke.

Laotian women smoking isn't really acceptable in Laos. Rarely you will find a Lao woman who smoke.

Sometimes I see men smoking while riding a motorbike.
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Reply #20 - 27th Jun, 2017 at 11:05am
 
How old to drive in Laos? Can a kid drive a motorcycle or scooter? Do the husbands always drive the family? Vientiane and Laotian culture is fascinating.
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Reply #21 - 27th Jun, 2017 at 2:45pm
 
You can drive and ride a motorbike when you're 18 years old in Laos.

Usually the husbands drive the family.



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Re: My home suburb in Dongpalane, Vientiane
Reply #22 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 12:43pm
 
I notice the city pretty clean. Are you seeing a lot of tourist now since Obama last visited ?
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Reply #23 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 1:00pm
 
It tends to be more cleaner during the rainy season because the dust has been washed away from the rain.

Tourist numbers are low during this time of year. Most people come to Laos for the Boat Racing and Boun That Luang Festivals, as well as the Lao New Year period.
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Reply #24 - 27th Jul, 2017 at 11:22am
 
Another view of the motorbike accident on my street last month.



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Re: My home suburb in Dongpalane, Vientiane
Reply #25 - 1st Aug, 2017 at 5:07pm
 
You don't really need to be 18 to drive in Laos, as I've seen even 10 year olds driving scooters. A lot of the laws are just written in the books but seldom ever enforced. Age isnt really a big deal in Laos and Vietnam, unlike in Thailand where it's morestrictly enforced
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