Most Lao people still live in rural villages where traditional wooden houses are clustered around a wat (temple). It might be a good idea to get there sometime soon – before rapid-growing urbanization impacts further on culture, religion and traditions.
The important buildings in Laos are the Buddhist temples and stupas which vary in style throughout the country. However, even the most significant of them are modest and unassuming.
When building houses, today’s planners might heed the ancient Lao practice of consulting astrologers in the building process to prevent the disturbance of the Naga Guardians who lived in the land and rivers. This consultation covered not just location but even the optimum time to cut the timber and to dig the holes for the wooden posts!
(Naga Guardians still protect property!!)