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Language requirements for holiday in Luang Prabang?

  • EdwardTrunk

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    How much need is there to learn a little Lao language for a holiday in Luang Prabang only? How widespread is English-language? Will there still be any people who understand French but not English? I usually learn a little local language but repeatedly find it's not needed.

    #1 Posted: 2/1/2014 - 07:33

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    For a typical traveller visit, no need for English in Luang Prabang - older generation will have some French I'd guess, though not sure on that.

    #2 Posted: 2/1/2014 - 07:58

  • Captain_Bob

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    Something like 90% of tourists to LP (and other top tourist spots) never get past "sabaidee" and "kopjai" (hello/thanks) but manage just fine. Most Lao folks working in tourism speak at least some English. French isn't spoken by many people these days, mostly older generation and/or academics. The effort to speak a bit of Lao is always appreciated.

    #3 Posted: 2/1/2014 - 08:27

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