posted Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Laos
on the Laos forum on December 04, 2013:
posted Moving Cat to LAos January14
on the Laos forum on November 26, 2013:
replied to the thread Moving to Laos March 09
on the Laos forum:
Hi all - We are moving to Vientiane next month and we will bring our pet dog with us. Can anyone tell me if it is common for expats or Laotians to have pet dogs? Is it acceptable to allow dogs to run in public parks? Do most rental houses allow you to have a pet dog?
And on another note - what is the preferred means of transportation. Should I buy a motorbike, or are falangs allowed to drive cars also? In Vietnam, it is very uncommon and restricted for expats to drive cars, so we all had a motorbike instead. How about Laos?
Looking forward to getting out there!!
I'll be moving to Loas next month with my family and dog. I wonder if you are still there and how do you find VTE after few years? Do you find the city suitable for your dogs?
Hi - I know how you feel - we were very excited to move here, but only worried about the logistics of getting the dog here. I think your transit from Thailand will be much easier, but since I didn't make the overland border crossing, I can't really provide much information for you. Yes, you need to have all vaccinations documented within 21 days (i think) of transport. This includes rabies, and some others, that I can't remember, but ask your vet and they'll know what you need. I think you also will need a certificate of export from the appropriate government ministry (typically the Agriculture department/ministry). Since I only tranitted our dog through Thailand, I am not familiar with their export regulations. If you want to do it through a pet freight forwarder, try TransLink. They have an office in Bangkok i think as well as Vientiane, and they are IPATA approved (if you decide to fly). A freight forwarder will handle all import paperwork necessary. Good luck with the move!
replied to the thread Buying a used car in Vientiane
on the Laos forum:
I am planning to move to Laos with my family soon. I want to purchase a car, but not sure what would be the best way as my budget is quite limited.
Is it possible to buy a decent second hand car there (without searching for too long)? Is it possinle to transport a second hand car from abroad and get it registered in Laos?
Thanks in advance!
My mother-in-law says there are plenty of cars to buy used or new.
Your best bet is to probably buy one in Laos. If you import a car the tax is 100% which means it will cost you the price of your car to import it into the country. There was talk of lowering this tax burden but I do not know the status of that. Sorry, I didn't read your profile so I do not know what country you are from but Laos drives on the left like in the US. So if you drive on the right, you have to factor in the cost of changing the steering column over to the other side.
It used to be that you had to purchase cars all cash as there was no such things as financing but now you can get cars financed but you have to put a 40% down payment.
Car prices in Laos depends on the origin of country. The cheapest are Korean made cars because they are less reliable. The most popular are Japanese cars, especially Toyota. There are plenty of auto repair shops that carries parts for Toyotas but all others make and models are hard to find or have to be special ordered so will be expensive to maintain.
General consensus for purchasing USED vehicles are:
5,000 USD and under are all lemons...you will have to always fix something
6,000 to 9,000 is a gamble
10,000 and up, you will be safe.
Depending on the size of your family, you can get dependable brand new compact cars (Toyota) is between 10,000 and 15,000 brand new. Traffic speed in Laos is very slow (as compared to the US) so compact cars are pretty safe.
Hope that was helpful! Good luck!