Last updated on Apr 22, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Vientiane, Laos is 790,000. People describe Vientiane as a laid-back city with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals. Expats love the low cost of living, the abundance of outdoor activities, and the easy access to other parts of Southeast Asia. The weather in Vientiane is generally hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 68°F (20°C) to an average high of 95°F (35°C). The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low. A one bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $200 to $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $300 to $600 per month.
What do I need to know about living in Vientiane?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vientiane, they said:
"Expats considering retiring in Vientiane should be aware that the cost of living is relatively low compared to other countries in the region. It is important to research the visa requirements for long-term stays in Laos, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the cultural norms and customs of the country, as well as the language, in order to ensure a smooth transition. Finally, expats should be aware of the political situation in Laos, as it can affect their ability to stay in the country," said one expat in Vientiane.
"Things here run very differently. It's slow and has to be done a certain way. It's best to go with the flow. Come here with an open mind and you should be ok! Don't expect much of a nightlife as there isn't one," said one expat who made the move to Vientiane.
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About the Author
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.