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Vientiane, Laos

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Vientiane?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Vientiane responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Vientiane, often like the laid-back atmosphere, friendly locals, and the relatively low cost of living. They appreciate the rich cultural heritage, beautiful temples, and the Mekong River, which offers stunning views and recreational activities. The city's growing café culture, with numerous coffee shops and restaurants, is also a plus for many. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may dislike the limited entertainment options, as Vientiane is a small city with a slower pace of life compared to other Southeast Asian capitals. The lack of public transportation and the need to rely on tuk-tuks or motorbikes for getting around can be inconvenient for some. Additionally, the quality of healthcare facilities may not be up to the standards that expats from Western countries are used to, and they may need to travel to neighboring countries for more advanced medical treatments. The hot and humid climate can also be a challenge for those not accustomed to tropical weather. Furthermore, the language barrier can be an issue, as not all locals speak English, making communication and daily tasks more difficult. Lastly, the internet speed and reliability may not be ideal for digital nomads who rely on a stable connection for their work," wrote one expat in Vientiane.

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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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