Living in Laos, is it Boring? What are Laos Girls Like?
Laos has a reputation for being boring. Versus other SE Asia capital cities, Vientiane has:
- No modern high rise condos
- No large malls, less things to do
- Fewer bars and clubs
- No red light district, just a few small brothels
- Less transportation, no Uber / metered taxis
- Annoying tuktuks that overcharge
Hot, dusty streets, not many air conditioned spots. Underdeveloped, rural vibe. Closest comparison would be Cambodia. Worse internet than Thailand.
However part of its bad rep is because people only check out the central tourist area by the Mekong, while in Laos 2 days to get a new Thailand visa.
A drink at Bor Pen Yang which can be hit and miss with ugly freelancers and ladyboys, then @Home disco which is often a sausagefest, before picking up their passport and flying back to Bangkok.
Laos gets better when you spend more time there, network with locals and learn about the best spots.
Vientiane is very spread out, if you have a motorbike and drive 20-30 mins out of the centre there are many more bars and clubs (e.g. Catwalk, Romeo).
Laos Kip. Thai Baht and USD accepted too
Living in Laos – Pros
Living in Laos would have some perks:
- Cheap cost of living
- Few foreign expats, mostly tourists, visa runners
- Easy visas, infinite 30 day stamps or one year business visa, long stayers not denied entry
- Friendly locals, laid back, no lese majeste laws
- Easy weed and other drugs
- Relaxed police, small bribes
Again very similar to Cambodia. A Piratebay founder was living in Laos for years before being arrested on the Thai side of the border.
500 baht ($15) bag of weed
Cambodia vs Laos
There are important differences though:
- More casual hookups
- Hotter girls
- Less beer bars, barfines
So Laos is basically Cambodia with Thai girls. Like a second tier Cambodia city – Siem Reap or Snooky – with Issan girls (NE Thais). Vientiane has a bit lower population than Phnom Penh.
Laos language is similar to Issan, they understand both (and central Thai).
Laos girls look the same as Issan girls which are most of the Thai girls that foreigners meet – massage girls, bargirls, and poorer girls that move to Bangkok and Pattaya from the North East to find work.
Some of those girls will be Laotian too. Laos girls get long migrant visas and often work under the radar in Thailand P4P as they’re so hard to tell apart.
As with Issan girls, Laos girls like foreigners (our white skin, noses and cash) and are friendly, laid back and DTF. Some Laos girls are quite white-skinned too, and have a reputation for beauty amongst Thais.
Just be careful of the motorbike ladyboys that ride around the tourist centre trying to suck you off.
While it’s easier for casual hookups than Cambodia, it’s still harder than Thailand or Phils given a lower population and less public places to meet girls.
I met the Laos girl in this post in BKK. There are no Laos dating sites but there is AsianDating.com which works decently well for meeting Laos girls.
Once you meet them it’s easier than Vietnam. Like Thai girls sex isn’t a big deal and ONS are doable.
Sex with Laos Girls Illegal?
There are outdated laws against sex outside of marriage with a Laos girl but they’re not enforced at all. Hotels don’t refuse overnight guests.
There are freelancers roaming the streets, in Bor Pen Yang bar and @Home club every night, and having a Laos girlfriend is a non-issue too.
If it ever became an issue cohabitating for years with a girl as a well-known expat in Laos, having children outside of marriage, etc., a small bribe would fix the issue.
Would I Live in Laos?
I’ve done some long trips to Laos, but I don’t like riding a motorbike. If I did I’d consider living in Laos long term as once you get out and about exploring the locals are fun.
Dinner time at my old condo
Laos people love to sit around drinking whiskey. Lots of minor house parties and small local bar hangout spots. There aren’t many young foreigners that venture outside of the central tourist area.
The food is also great, tons of international restaurants to cater to the foreigners that pass through.
Without transport though it’s too hot to walk around and the tuktuks are awful. I’ll write more on living in Laos in future posts.