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Recommended Immunizations For Laos

Recommended Immunizations For Laos

Before I left for my first trip to Laos, I was advised by my doctor that I needed a myriad of different vaccinations. My arm was certainly sore after I left the clinic that day! I wondered, of course, were these shots really necessary? Would Laos be a dangerous place teeming with bacteria, viruses and rabid wildlife?
Now that I have the medicine in my veins, it’s too late for me to worry about it, but I wanted to provide newcomers with this information so that they can choose for themselves which vaccinations they really need, and which they don’t.

The following are the recommended vaccinations for a visit to Laos: Continue reading

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We Wish You A Happy Holiday Season and A New Year Of Happiness And Success !

At this festive season of the year, we would like to thank our customers for your treasured support given to us. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. We certainly are looking forward to an extraordinary New Year We wish you a Happy New Year celebration and a prosperous and wonderful 2014 !

At this festive season of the year, we would like to thank our customers for your treasured support given to us. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us.
We certainly are looking forward to an extraordinary new year 2017
We wish you a Happy New Year celebration and a …….. Continue reading

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All Expats Need To Know About Rental In Laos

All Expats Need To Know About Rental In Laos

There are always a large volume of rental houses targeted at any one time in Vientiane. The difficulty lies in separating quality homes from those which are clearly substandard. I estimate that only around 25% of rental properties available at any one time are of sufficient standard to house expatriates. Short supply of livable properties creates high and fast-paced competition amongst potential tenants.
Even more it’s important for an Expat to understand the mechanics of the Lao Real Estate market.
First of all let me start with the agents: ….. Continue reading

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Is There A “Foreigner” Rate For Electricity And Water ?

EDL's new regulations to speed up slow payers

It’s a well known fact that Laos has one of the world lowest electricity rates. However, there is always a lot of talk about ‘foreigner rates’ for residential power and water supplies. So is there a special rate for expats ? The answers may indeed surprise some people.
It turns out that residential properties, businesses, industry and embassies are charged at ……. Continue reading

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Furniture Shops Suit Expat Taste

Index Furniture Vientiane

Tired of the heavy wooden “Chinese” furniture ? Want something new, more modern, stylish and comfortable ?
Expats in Vientiane are now offered a wide range of styles and tastes from traditional to contemporary. Furniture selections include bedroom furniture, living room furniture, dining furniture and occasional furniture.
The following three shops are my personal favorites: Continue reading

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Venomous Predators: Giant Red Centipede

Giant Red Centipede - Venomous Predators

I’ve had them all in my garden: snakes, spiders, scorpions and other creepy crawleys… but recently, after 11 years in Laos, I came face to face with a new and truly scary species: the Giant Red Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes).
When I saw it crawling around I was totally dismayed that such a creature might be living in my yard…. and actually I noticed it under my dining table (inside the house) while having dinner ! Yes, these guys are predators and are highly venomous … this one was probably looking for a big dinner himself …. Continue reading

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