30+ Useful Lao Travel Phrases To Try Out

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Are you looking forward to visiting Laos or moving into the country? Well, we can’t blame you. Laos’s natural greens, tradition, and food can attract any person worldwide and make it the most desired tourist destination. However, before you plan your tour, we highly recommend you to learn some basic Lao travel phrases. Doing so will help you navigate through the places like a pro and connect with the locals through meaningful bonds.

Thus, in today’s post, you will learn some basic Lao phrases and words like ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ບໍ (sa bai dee baw), ອາຫານແມ່ນແຊບ (ahan aemn aesb), etc., that will help you discover their affluent history and explore the country with a native experience. Want to learn Lao more? Continue reading!


Laos Travel Tips

One of the best things about Laos is that it is the cheapest country in Asia. Thus, bargaining is a standard part of Lao people, and you will be able to spend a fantastic vacation on a daily budget. One of the best ways to save money would be to eat at stalls, use public transport, and book basic homestays or hotels. Your highest expense will likely be on travel rather than food and accommodation.

Lao currency is the “kip.” While many shops and restaurants accept Thai baht or US dollars, smaller towns and cities still need to accept foreign currency. So, it is recommended that you carry Lao currency. However, it is only possible to convert kip to another current in Laos. So, for convenience and a beneficial exchange rate, you can also carry more extensive US notes than small amounts of money in kip.

Another essential thing to remember before traveling to Laos is your health. Healthcare in Laos is still in the primary stage, and emergency institutions are still negligible, with life expectancy only being 57 for a regular person. So, make sure you pack proper medicines and ointments to prevent diseases like Malaria. If you fall sick or face something major, the best option is to reach out to the neighboring country, Thailand.

Nevertheless, Laos is one of the safest countries to travel to, and early travelers have commented that they have felt safer walking in Laos than anywhere else. So to speak, you can enjoy your vacation in Laos with zero worries if you keep the above travel tips in mind.


Lao Travel Phrases

In this section, we will go through different phrases in the Lao language that will help you navigate your tour. Moreover, learning these will also allow you to you bond with the locals and natively explore their lifestyle. So, let’s begin.

Greetings And Conversation

Lao travel phrases

Greetings will always be one of the most exalted parts of Asian traditions. If you have read the previous articles, you would know that Lao people follow a practice called the “nop.” It is a kind gesture made out of a body posture where you are somewhere between a bow and a prayer. Every Laotion person does the nop and utters Sa bai dee as a formal greeting in their culture.

So, here is a list of greeting phrases and words that will let you understand their lifestyle and also enable you to start conversations fluently.

How are youສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ບໍsa bai dee baw
I am fine, thank youຂ້ອຍ​ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ຂອບ​ໃຈkhony sa bai di khob chai
What is your name?ເຈົ້າ​ຊື່​ຫຍັງ?chao su jang
My name is…ຊື່​ຂອງ​ຂ້ອຍ​ແມ່ນ…su khong khony aemn
Where are you from?ເຈົ້າ​ມາ​ຈາກ​ໃສ?chao ma chak sai
Do you speak English?ເຈົ້າ​ເວົ້າ​ພາ​ສາ​ອັງ​ກິດ​ໄດ້​ບໍ່?chao vao pha sa ang kid dai bo
Good morningສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ຕອນ​ເຊົ້າsa bai di ton sao
Good evening to youສະບາຍດີຕອນແລງກັບເຈົ້າsabaiditonaelng kabchao
Do you understand?ຈ່າວ ກວຍ ໄຫ່ ບົວ?Jâo Khào Jai Baw?
It was a misunderstandingມັນເປັນຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈຜິດman penh kharn khao jai pit
Nice to meet youຍິນ​ດີ​ທີ່​ໄດ້​ຮູ້​ຈັກ​ເຈົ້າnyin di thi dai hu chak chao
Can I join you?ຂ້ອຍສາມາດເຂົ້າຮ່ວມເຈົ້າໄດ້ບໍ?khony samad khaohuam chao daibo
See you laterແລ້ວພົບກັນໃນພາຍຫຼັງaelv phobkan nai phairang
Cheers!ຊົມເຊີຍ!somsoeny/ Ne se traduit pas
Excuse me/ Sorryຂໍໂທດ/ຂໍອະໄພkhoothd khooaphai
Good byeສະບາຍດີsabaidi

Basic Lao Phrases For Directions

Lao written language

As a new member or visitor in the country, you will get lost once in a while. So, the best way to get out of such trouble is to communicate with the locals who know the country better than google maps. Here is a list of phrases for asking directions in Lao.

Where is…?ຢູ່​ໃສ…?yu sai
Is it too far?ມັນໄກເກີນໄປບໍ?man kai koenpaibo
North/ southເໜືອ/ໃຕ້neu/ tai
East/westຕາເວັນອອກ/ຕາເວັນຕົກTa wen ock/ Ta wen tok
Turn rightລ້ຽວຂວາLiao kwaa
Turn leftລ້ຽວຊ້າຍLiao saai
Which way?ທາງໃດ?thangdai
Where am I?ຂ້ອຍ​ຢູ່​ໃສ?khony yu sai
Straight aheadໄປ​ຊື່ໆpai su

Lao Phrases For Transport

Lao travel words

If you want to travel by public transport in Laos, you must enquire about the tickets, counters, and arrivals. So, the best way to do that is to use some native phrases related to transport to avoid any unnecessary confusion.

One ticket to…, pleaseປີ້ຫນຶ່ງໄປ …, ກະລຸນາpi nungpai kaluna/ Kaw butt ah diew
Does this train/bus stop in _____?ລົດໄຟ/ລົດເມນີ້ຢຸດຢູ່ໃນ _____ ບໍ?lodfai lodme ni yudyunai bo/ lot khan nii jort __ baw?
Is the train delayed?ລົດໄຟຊັກຊ້າບໍ?lodfai saksa bo
Where is the ticket window?ປ່ອງຢ້ຽມປີ້ຢູ່ໃສ?pongyiam pi yusai
I would like to purchase one ticketຂ້ອຍຢາກຊື້ປີ້ໜຶ່ງໃບkhonyyak supi nung bai
I have a reservationຂ້ອຍມີການຈອງkhony mikan chong
I want to go to…ຂ້ອຍຢາກໄປ…khonyyak pai
Is the bus canceled?ລົດເມຖືກຍົກເລີກບໍ?lodme thuk nyokloek bo
When does the bus/train arrive?ລົດເມ/ລົດໄຟມາຮອດເວລາໃດ?lodme lodfai mahod veladai
Where is the train/bus station?ສະຖານີລົດໄຟ/ລົດເມຢູ່ໃສ?sathanilodfai lodme yusai
How much does the ticket cost?ປີ້ລາຄາເທົ່າໃດ?pi lakha theoadai

Phrases In Laos For Local Markets

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As I mentioned before, shopping in Laos can be exciting because of the low prices and bargaining practices. However, to bargain and understand the shopping culture of the local markets, you must try out some Lao phrases.

How much does this cost?ຄ່າໃຊ້ຈ່າຍນີ້ເທົ່າໃດ?khasaichai ni theoadai/ Laka tao dai?
It is too expensiveມັນແພງເກີນໄປmanaephng koenpai
I can’t afford itກ້ຽວສາວບວມໄດKhoi seu baw dai/ khony bosamad chai dai
Can you lower the price?ເຈົ້າສາມາດຫຼຸດລາຄາໄດ້ບໍ?chao samad rud lakha daibo
What is the last price?ລາຄາສຸດທ້າຍແມ່ນຫຍັງ?lakha sudthai aemnjang
When is closing time?ເວລາປິດແມ່ນເວລາໃດ?vela pid aemn veladai/ Si bpit jak mohng?
Is it a fixed price?ມັນເປັນລາຄາຄົງທີ່ບໍ?manpen lakha khongthi bo
I don’t want itຂ້ອຍບໍ່ຕ້ອງການມັນkhonybo tongkan man
I’m not interestedຂ້າ​ພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ບໍ່​ໄດ້​ສົນ​ໃຈKhoi bor son jai
Can you give me a carry bag?ເຈົ້າສາມາດເອົາຖົງໃສ່ກັບຂ້ອຍໄດ້ບໍ?chao samadoao thong sai kab khony daibo
Do you accept online payment?ທ່ານຍອມຮັບການຊໍາລະເງິນອອນໄລນ໌ບໍ?than nyomhab kan soa la ngoen nlain bo
Do you accept US dollars?ເຈົ້າຍອມຮັບເງິນໂດລາສະຫະລັດບໍ?chao nyomhab ngoen odlasahalad bo/ Jao ow ngeun __ baw?
I want something cheapຂ້ອຍຕ້ອງການບາງສິ່ງບາງຢ່າງລາຄາຖືກkhony tongkan bang sing bangyang lakhathuk
Do you have it in white/ gray/ brown color?ທ່ານມີສີຂາວ / ສີຂີ້ເຖົ່າ / ສີນ້ໍາຕານບໍ?sii khao/ sii ke thao/ sii nam taan
I would like…ຂ້ອຍ​ຕ້ອງ​ການ…khony tong kan/ khoi yak…
I’ll take it ຂ້ອຍຈະເອົາມັນkhoi si ow

Dining Phrases In Lao

Basic lao phrases

Food is another fascinating part of Laos. From sticky rice to curries, you will find diverse types of food which will make you visit numerous restaurants and street stalls. So, you’ll definitely want to learn Lao phrases to fit in and navigate your concerns.

Can I have the menu, please?ຂ້ອຍສາມາດມີເມນູ, ກະລຸນາ?khony samadmi menu kaluna
What do you recommend?ເຈົ້າ​ແນະ​ນຳ​ອັນ​ໃດ?chao nae nam an dai
Do you serve alcohol?ເຈົ້າຮັບໃຊ້ເຫຼົ້າບໍ?chao habsai heoa bo/ Jao khaiy lao baw?
Do you have juice?ເຈົ້າມີນ້ໍາບໍ?chao minoa/ Naam mak mai bo
A beer/two beers, pleaseເບຍໜຶ່ງ/ສອງເບຍ, ກະລຸນາkaw bia un neung/song un kaluna
Can I have a bottle of water?ຂ້ອຍສາມາດມີຂວດນ້ໍາໄດ້ບໍ?khony samadmi khuad noa daibo
One more, please. ອີກອັນໜຶ່ງ, ກະລຸນາaow eek nae
I would like to have wheat noodlesຂ້ອຍຢາກມີ ba miikhonyyak mi ba mii
I don’t eat spicyຂ້ອຍບໍ່ກິນເຜັດkhonybo kin phed
Can I have the bill, please?ຂ້ອຍສາມາດມີໃບບິນໄດ້, ກະລຸນາ?khony samadmi bai bin dai kaluna
Do you accept card?ເຈົ້າຍອມຮັບບັດບໍ?chao nyomhab bad bo
The food is deliciousອາຫານແມ່ນແຊບahan aemn aesb
The restaurant is so prettyຮ້ານອາຫານແມ່ນງາມຫຼາຍhanoahan aemn ngamrai
Thank you for your serviceຂອບໃຈສໍາລັບການບໍລິການຂອງທ່ານkhobchai soalab kanbolikan khongthan

Hotel Phrases In Lao

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Here is a list you can use with the locals once you reach your hotel. Accommodation can demand many questions which you must answer through communication.

Check in/ Check outເຊັກອິນ / ເຊັກເອົາsekin sek ao
I have a reservationຂ້ອຍມີການຈອງkhony mikan chong
Where is the bathroom?ຫ້ອງ​ນໍາ​້​ຢູ່​ໃສ?Hong nam yu sai
Can I book a room for two?ຂ້ອຍສາມາດຈອງຫ້ອງສໍາລັບສອງຄົນໄດ້ບໍ?khony samad chong hong soalab songkhon daibo
Do you have complimentary breakfast?ເຈົ້າມີອາຫານເຊົ້າຟຣີບໍ?chao mi ahansao fri bo
Do you have free toothpaste/ toothbrush?ເຈົ້າມີຢາສີຟັນ/ມິກ ສີພັນ?chao mi ya si phan/ mik si phan
I need a double bed roomຂ້ອຍຕ້ອງການຫ້ອງຕຽງຄູ່khony tongkan hong tiang khu

Emergency Phrases In The Lao Language

Laotion travel phrases

You never know when you might fall sick or need urgent help. As I said, healthcare can be an issue in Laos. So, to receive immediate assistance, you must save some emergency phrases in the local language to communicate with the citizens. For detailed learning, you can check out Lao emergency phrases.

Help me!ຊ່ວຍ​ຂ້ອຍ​ແດ່!suany khony aed
I need a doctorຂ້ອຍຕ້ອງການທ່ານຫມໍKhoy tong kan Maw
Where is the gas stationປ້ຳນ້ຳມັນຢູ່ໃສp amnam man yusai
Please call the policeກະລຸນາໂທຫາຕໍາຫຼວດkaluna othha toaruad
Someone catch the thiefມີຄົນຈັບໂຈນໄດ້mikhon chab ochn dai
Can you help me?ເຈົ້າ​ຊ່ວຍ​ຂ້ອຍ​ໄດ້​ບໍ່?chao suany khony dai bo
Where is the nearest hospital?ໂຮງໝໍທີ່ໃກ້ທີ່ສຸດຢູ່ໃສ?ohngmo thi kai thisud yusai


Have A Safe Trip!

Congratulations! You are now equipped with the essential travel tool that will guide you through every difficulty and let you engage with the local culture without any trouble. I know that is a lot of information, but with just a few practices, you will gain instant Lao fluency and start catching up with the locals.

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