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Nomadic Boys - 10 Observations and Facts About Laos
We knew absolutely nothing about Laos before planning our trip here. It's often compared to Thailand because of its tied history, when the former Thai Siam Empire ruled not so long ago.

Yet, through our travels in this little known country, we discovered several quite distinctive and remarkable facts about Laos.

1. The highest consumers of sticky rice ("khao niaow")

The Laotians are the highest consumers of sticky rice (khao niaow) in the world. They refer to themselves as luk khao niaow meaning, "children of sticky rice". A few hundred years ago when rice-farming methods changed, the Laotians stuck to their roots and continued farming the glutinous sticky rice. This has prevailed and so sticky rice remains a fundamental aspect of every meal in Laos.

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Published on:  April 10, 2015

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