Weekly Travel Photo – Confusing Gestures In Laos

This lady sitting in her bamboo hut in Laos waved to us to come closer. The way they wave in Laos is the complete opposite from in Europe, so at first we thought she was waving for us to go away, which was confusing because she had the biggest smile in her face. It turned out that all she wanted was to give us one of her bananas…

8 Responses to Weekly Travel Photo – Confusing Gestures In Laos

  1. Nyel Oyek August 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    This is adorable. People in Laos are just lovely.

  2. Thomas | Jus Getaway August 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Great photo she looks so happy!  So waving goodbye there is a signal to come closer?

    • Sofia - As We Travel August 20, 2011 at 7:36 am #

      Yes it seemed to be that way, they always waved with her hands “upside down” with the fingers pointing down and the palms moving away from them. It’s hard to explain :)

  3. Lori - The Unframed World August 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Aww that’s so sweet. What a great shot of her you got. She really does look welcoming.

  4. Vira August 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    can’t wait for my trip to Laos next April. I’ve read so many interesting stories about the country 

  5. Dotti Cunningham May 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Laos is on my list for January 2013