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Senior discounts aren't generally available in Laos, but the Lao more than make up for this in the respect they typically show for the elderly. In traditional Lao culture status comes with age; there isn't as heavy an emphasis on youth as in the Western world. Deference for age manifests itself in the way Lao will go out of their way to help older persons in and out of vehicles or with luggage, and - usually but not always - in waiting on them first in shops and post offices.
Cross-generational entertainment is more common in Laos than in China, Vietnam or Thailand. Although there is some age stratification in Lao nightclubs, all ages are welcome. At traditional events such as rural temple fairs and other war-cent red events, young and old will dance and eat together.
TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN
Like many places in South-East Asia, traveling with children in Laos can be a lot of fun as long as you come well prepared with the right attitudes, physical requirements and the usual parental patience. Lonely Planet's Travel with Children by Maureen Wheeler contains a lot of useful advice on how to cope with kids on the road and what to 'bring along to make things go more smoothly, with special attention paid to travel in developing countries.
The Lao adore children and in many instances will shower attention on your offspring, who will readily find playmates among their Lao peers and a temporary nanny service at practically every stop.
For the most part parents needn't worry too much about health concerns though it pays to lay down a few ground rules - such as regular hand-washing - to head off potential medical problems. All the usual health precautions apply (see the Health section earlier for details) children should especially be warned not to play with animals encountered along the way since rabies is very common in Laos.