It is thought that the LAO People's Democratic Republic is home to no fewer than forty-seven ethnic groups. They live with their own languages, beliefs and aesthetic traditions. Diversity of Akha minority can be seen on postcard.
Akha society lacks a strict system of social class and is considered egalitarian. Respect is typically accorded with age and experience. Ties of patrilineal kinship and marriage alliance bind the Akha within and between communities.