Living In Laos With Your Partner
When you get married to a Lao woman in Laos, it is possible to move to Laos and start a new life together if that is your dream
and your Lao wife is happy with the idea.
The majority of Lao women want to move overseas, that's the reason why they marry a foreigner in the first place but there are some Lao women who prefer to stay in Laos because they don't want to be too far away from their parents, or they don't want to escape the Lao way of life.
If you are a foreigner and you really want to live in Laos with your Lao wife then there are some factors that you should take into consideration. The most important thing is to know where your income is going to come from. If you have plenty of cash to live on from your investment, savings, business or other sources then you shouldn't have much of a problem. However if you don't have any money and you want to work in Laos then you have to be prepared to earn pittance wages like most local people unless you work for an international organisation.
You also need to think about whether you want to live in Laos temporarily or permanently. If you are a resident alien, you will need to renew a visa on a regular basis. You could acquire a long term visa in Laos which is cheaper than the regular tourist visa. If you choose to become a Lao citizen, you will be required to give up your current citizenship because Laos doesn't accept dual citizenship. Being a Lao citizen could mean that it may be more harder for you to re-enter the country you came from since you are no longer a citizen of that country.
Have you thought about where you will live with your Lao wife? There are many nice cities and towns where you could buy a house but foreigners are not allowed to own property in Laos so it must be under your wife's name. Renting a house in Laos is also possible
and relatively cheap. You could rent a nice house between $1,000 US - $2,000 US per year, it's no luxury castle or mansion but houses around these prices are clean, spacious and comfortable for Lao standards. You also have to purchase your own interiors for rented homes.
Can you tolerate hot weather? It is typically hot and humid during most months in central and southern Laos apart from the occasional cold weather. Northern Laos experience more cooler weather. There are no beaches in Laos but there are some nice rivers and waterfalls in the country. Laos is a dusty country, the reason why 99% of homes in Laos don't have a carpet
and there are many mosquitoes so it's impossible to sleep at night without a mosquito net or window screen.
Are you prepared to accept and live by Lao law and culture? You may still be a citizen of another country but while you are residing in Laos you need to obey the laws here and respect our way of life. You should also know how to be street smart and learn the tricks and skills of bargaining because it plays a big part of everyday life in Laos. Not many prices are fixed so if you don't know how to bargain or you don't know the average price of goods and services in Laos then you're in danger of getting ripped off big time.
All in all, Laos is a great country to live in, with natural beauties and one of the safest places in the world. Laos is a developing country and it may be a step down from living in the western world but Laos offers a unique and different experience in life. If you want to get married and settle in Laos with each other then it's a good choice because Laos really is a nice place to be.