Living Costs in Vientiane
To settle down in Vientiane for an extended stay will cost $1,065 per month in basic expenses for a retired couple. We assume you’ll stay in a serviced apartment or guest house and eat virtually all your meals out, except breakfast which is often included in the room rate.
We advise that foreigners refrain from buying real property in Vientiane , given the communist government and related lack of respect for private property. Because of potential problems in renewing a visa for longer term, we recommend serviced apartments or guest houses to start your stay.
Serviced flat or guest house
|Rent||$550||Downtown Vientiane , within a k.m. of the fountain|
|Transportation||$100||Local buses or taxis around town|
|Electricity||Included in room rate|
|Telephone||$15||Cell phone, depending on use|
|Internet||$0||Public internet cafes or included in room rate|
|Cable TV||$30||Included in room rate|
|Household Help, fulltime||$0||Serviced room|
|Entertainment||$350||Includes meals away from home|
|Exchange Rate: $1=8,500 kip (Jan 09)|
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