How to be a Digital Nomad in Vientiane, Laos

How to be a Digital Nomad in Vientiane, Laos

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Situated in the center of the Indochinese Peninsula, Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. The Annamite Range surrounds it in the east and the Mekong River. If you want to go back in time and walk-in times past, Laos offers a unique experience. There is no shortage of inspiration and calm courtesy of the rich panoramic views and beautiful natural surroundings from Laos’s inviting mountainous landscapes, rivers, waterfalls, and forests.

Patuxai literally meaning Victory Gate in Vientiane,Laos

The country had its stints of civil unrest, which gave rise to a brutal civil war known as the Laotian Civil War ending in 1975 and gave birth to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Laos is one of the least developed countries in Asia, with its economy reliant on its export of natural resources. It is a big coffee producer, offering a treat to coffee lovers who can top off their visit to Laos with a coffee plantation tour. You can also try out traditional Lao coffee brewed in bamboo.

Laos is a former French colony retaining several French remanences from years of French colonial rule. These include a French and Lao cuisine fusion; hence it’s no surprise that you can grab a delicious tasting croissant or baguette for breakfast in the heart of Southeast Asia. You can still see French colonial architecture found alongside Lao architecture distributed in Laos. French architecture found includes villas, the 1926 Catholic cathedral, the Royal Palace Museum, the grand Institut Français, and the royal mansion in Luang Prabang. Even in terms of language, a small portion of Laos’s inhabitants speak French, with Laos’ Francophone community ranking second largest in Southeast Asia.

Scores

  • 🌟 Total score 65% 3.15/5 (Rank #544)% 65% 3.15/5 (Rank #544)%
  • 🛍️ Quality of life score 60 Okay% 60 Okay%
  • 👪 Family Friendly Score 40 Bad% 40 Bad%
  • 💰 Cost of Living 100 😝 Cheap: $795 / mo% 100 😝 Cheap: $795 / mo%
  • 🖥️ Internet 20 🤬 Unusably slow: 1Mbps (avg)% 20 🤬 Unusably slow: 1Mbps (avg)%
  • 🌴Adventure 25 Bad% 25 Bad%
  • ☀️ Temperature 50 🥵 Too hot: 30°C (feels 40°C)% 50 🥵 Too hot: 30°C (feels 40°C)%
🗺️ Continent Asia 🏳️‍🌈 Country Laos
✈️ Average trip length 📅3 days 🖥️ Internet speed (avg) 1 Mbps
☀️ Weather (now) 🌧 30°C + 🥵 Sweaty (91%) = feels 40°C 💨 Air quality (now) 👍 5 US AQI  🍃 OK
🔋 Power 230V 50Hz 📱 Best wireless carrier Unitel
Laos has distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season is Laos’ monsoon season. This season is hot and lasts six months, from May to October, with moderate rainfall, which can persist a few hours. The monsoon season has high humidity levels, which peak in August. Travelling can be difficult during the wet months, especially in the rural areas which generally have unpaved roads, so this may not be the most favorable time to visit. As a digital nomad, mobility is usually a huge asset when you want to travel around the country and find ideal working spots.  The northern part of the country experiences more rain than its southern counterpart.

The dry season has six cooler months, from November to April. Laos experiences milder weather from November to February, after which the temperatures start to pick up in March and April with warmer weather. The south end of the country tends to experience hotter weather, with temperatures getting to as high as 87.8oF (31oC).

The dry season highs in the north, e.g., Luang Prabang, are sizably lower than the south with maximum temperatures of 27oC.

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✋🏼 Asian+304% 🏍 Motorcycling+100% 🎨 UI/UX Design+55% 💫 Not religious+20%
🐩 Samoyeds+162% 🎨 Drawing+89% 🎒 Backpacking+48% 🕸 Web Dev+20%
💬 Facebook+128% 📇 Startup Founder+88% 😳 Introvert+39% 🛒 Ecommerce+15%
👩‍🎨 Creative+101% 🥑 Vegan+55% ⛱ Beach+38% 🤸‍♀️ Yoga+13%
💵 Cost of living for nomad $795 / month 💵 Cost of living for expat $575 / month
💵 Cost of living for family $1,132 / month 💵 Cost of living for local $323 / month
🏠 1br studio rent in center $274 / month 🏢 Coworking $69 / month
🏨 Hotel (median price) $446 / month 🏨 Hotel (median price) $21 / night
🏡 Airbnb (median from 222 listings) $932 / month 🏠 Airbnb (median price) $31 / night

There’s a wonderful English word which works well to describe cheap accommodation in most of Laos. That word is squalid. If you want budget accommodation, stay away from Laos, seriously, a long way away.

Competition in the local market from wealthy Chinese businesspeople means that accommodation is much pricier than in other parts of the region and even when you’re prepared to pay for it – it’s often not as luxurious or well turned out as in the rest of the region.

You could find a room for as little as $50 if you want to share with rats and cockroaches and are prepared to live under a fan.

We’d expect to pay $500-$600 a month for anything of an acceptable standard and often quite a bit more than that. You will find cheaper away from Vientiane and Luang Prabang but at the price of Internet services and other services.

There is not a huge amount of homes for rent to foreigners and few laws which govern a transaction. Rents, deposits, contracts, etc. are thus all up for negotiation to some extent. You may/may not get your deposit back at the end of a contract.

Burglary is not uncommon in Lao and you should look to rent as secure a place as possible.

You will probably be expected to pay for utilities directly to the provider. This means fair rates but can be a bit of a hassle too. Electricity and Internet are not cheap. We’d expect bills of $150+ if you use air conditioning.

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Very cheap to live No freedom of speech
Pretty safe No democracy
Warm now Unusably slow internet
Warm all year round Not much to do
Good air quality on average Very sweaty and humid now
Spacious and not crowded Not many Nomad List members go here
Safe for women Difficult to do business
LGBTQ+ friendly Hospitals are bad
Not many people smoke tobacco Roads can be dangerous
People don’t speak English well
Not family friendly

Vientiane, laos how to be a digital nomad

The people are among the warmest in the world, even if they’re not particularly industrious. 

Ted Jr

The temples and monuments are uniquely Lao and the scenery in the remoter parts of the country is majestic.

Larra

Friendly locals and a sense of community

Jane

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