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Moving to Vientiane, Laos

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Expatriates move to Vientiane, Laos for its low cost of living, its diverse culture, and its relaxed atmosphere. The city is known for its friendly locals, its vibrant nightlife, and its abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, Vientiane is a great place to learn about Lao culture and history, as well as to experience the unique cuisine of the region. With its low crime rate and its close proximity to other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane is an attractive destination for expats looking for a new home.

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What do I need to know before moving to Vientiane?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vientiane, they said:

"No advice. Depends on your style of life. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado in a cabin with no electricity, running water, and snowed in 3 months of the year," remarked one expat who made the move to Vientiane.

"Expats should be aware that Vientiane is a relatively small city, so it is important to research the area before moving. It is also important to note that the cost of living in Vientiane is relatively low, but the quality of goods and services may not be as high as in other countries. Additionally, the language spoken in Vientiane is Lao, so it is important to learn some basic phrases before arriving. Expats should also be aware that the climate in Vientiane is tropical and humid, so it is important to be prepared for hot and humid weather. Finally, it is important to note that Vientiane is a relatively safe city, but it is still important to take precautions when travelling," explained one expat living in Vientiane, Laos.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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