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1 hour ago, LeatFingies said:

Obviously. Plus the beaches and food. You can enjoy your commie country though, mate!

You really have no idea...I've lived and worked in both countries and travelled extensively in both....I'm a bit more savvy than to use cliches like "commie" as I know if I did I'd lose all credibility 

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22 minutes ago, LeatFingies said:

I have no idea about what? And what credibility do you have? 

I’ve lived in Thailand for 8 years and traveled though all of Laos. We had armed guards on our bus with ak47’s to protect us from bandits when traveling there. There’s no comparison between Thailand and Laos. It doesn’t hold a candle next to it. Plus, my dick is bigger is bigger than yours, commie.

 

QED."..I've have no idea about what?"

 

Further more, I've lived in Thailand longer (considerably) than you and driven myself in my oen vehicle all over  Laos often alone.

I also consider myself mature enough not to need to use schoolboy language or be concerned about the size of my penis or anyone else's. 

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4 minutes ago, kwilco said:

QED."..I've have no idea about what?"

 

Further more, I've lived in Thailand longer than you and driven myself in mmy vehicle all over the Laos often alone.

I also consider myself mature enough not to need to use schoolboy language or be concerned about the size of my penis or anyone else's. 

You’ve lived in Thailand longer than me? Then you obviously agree that Thailand is 100x better so what are you arguing about? That you can drive around a boring country alone? Congrats. Why don’t you live there?

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On 7/4/2021 at 5:13 AM, simon43 said:

I should emphasize that my comments about lifestyle only apply to living in Luang Prabang, which has a special ambience, due to its Unesco-protected status.

 

I would not live in Vientiane, Pakse, Savanaket if you paid me!

I'd like to visit LP sometime.  My wife grew up in Loei and was told by some Lao folks the other day that she had a Luang Prabang accent.  No wonder my Thai is a bit screwed up. 55

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7 hours ago, LeatFingies said:

You’ve lived in Thailand longer than me? Then you obviously agree that Thailand is 100x better so what are you arguing about? That you can drive around a boring country alone? Congrats. Why don’t you live there?

It just reinforces the obvious.. .if you think your post in anyway follows logical thought ... 

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I used to live by the beach in Phuket.  I found sitting on the beach rather boring, especially after the local government banned the restaurants from placing their tables and chairs on the beach, (and then they banned deckchairs as well...).

 

I have never had any issues in Laos with either the 'secret' police, or uniformed police.  I used to have 'great fun' with Chinese and Vietnamese ladies in the town - no problems at all with the police, because those ladies are not Lao 🙂

 

When I used to visit southern Myanmar in the early 2000s, the secret police did indeed follow me around and question me, and locals who chatted with me had to report themselves to the police.  When I worked in Naypyitaw, the uniformed police often followed me 'for my safety' as they explained to me. Hah!!

 

If Laos is an example of a 'commie' country, then all hail communism!  Now I'm sure if you are an environmental or Hmong campaigner, then you will have problems with the authorities here.  But for me, life is very pleasant and anything but boring in the Luang Prabang region.  With Covid-19, Laos treats everyone (Lao and foreigner as equals), and I've received my 2 shots of AZ vaccine for free.  The dealings that I have with the 'commie' government (concerning my radio transmitters) are cordial and helpful, (unlike in Myanmar, where only cordiality was offered Lol).

 

As for Thailand, even after perhaps 15 years living and working in the country, I didn't feel that I was accepted.  I don't miss Phuket...

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On 7/3/2021 at 2:37 PM, simon43 said:

my expat medical cover comes from France

Hi Simon, thanks for your interesting and informative posts

How come your medical cover comes from France? I'm English but I've been living in France for a few years

Thanks & bon courage!

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36 minutes ago, driver52 said:

Hi Simon, thanks for your interesting and informative posts

How come your medical cover comes from France? I'm English but I've been living in France for a few years

Thanks & bon courage!

It's April Insurance, an 'expat' company based in France.  Their policy is quite popular for expats in south-east Asia - mentioned often in the insurance and health forums.

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On 7/3/2021 at 11:41 PM, simon43 said:

So far, Laos has been very good to me.  The weather is good, the scenery is wonderful, the food is so good and varied, the administrative requirements to stay here are almost non-existent.  If I stop working, then I can still remain here because I'm a technical specialist

Hi Simon
 

Good to hear that you are liking it in Luang Prabang
I build and fly RC planes, do you think that will qualify me for the category of technical folks allowed to reside in Laos ..
Is it true that co-habitation with a local Lao women is a crime... and is it possible to live on the 8% bank interest ..

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On 7/3/2021 at 11:41 PM, simon43 said:

So far, Laos has been very good to me.  The weather is good, the scenery is wonderful, the food is so good and varied, the administrative requirements to stay here are almost non-existent.  If I stop working, then I can still remain here because I'm a technical specialist

Hi Simon
 

Good to hear that you are liking it in Luang Prabang
I build and fly RC planes, do you think that will qualify me for the category of technical folks allowed to reside in Laos ..
Is it true that co-habitation with a local Lao women is a crime... and is it possible to live on the 8% bank interest ..

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On 7/4/2021 at 6:35 AM, simon43 said:

According to this report, the year-on-year inflation rate is currently 3.55%, not 17/7%.

Hi Simon
 

Good to hear that you are liking it in Luang Prabang
I build and fly RC planes, do you think that will qualify me for the category of technical folks allowed to reside in Laos ..

Is it true that co-habitation with a local Lao women is a crime... and would inflation be tame enough for me to treat  the 8% bank interest as an income ..

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On 10/16/2021 at 11:21 AM, relax33 said:

Hi Simon
 

Good to hear that you are liking it in Luang Prabang
I build and fly RC planes, do you think that will qualify me for the category of technical folks allowed to reside in Laos ..

Is it true that co-habitation with a local Lao women is a crime... and would inflation be tame enough for me to treat  the 8% bank interest as an income ..

Hi, sorry for the late reply.  Actually, I'm leaving Laos in about 4 weeks from now.  This is purely because the local police 'leant' on the amateur radio licence office in Vientiane to place restrictions on my ham radio operations. I had legally operated my ham station in Luang Prabang for 2 years, and then the local bigwig police guy got wind of it.

 

Those restrictions impede my enjoyment of my radio hobby, so I'm off to pastures new!

 

I don't think building RC planes classifies you as a qualified scientist 🙂 Do you have relevant degrees in technology?

 

Yes, you may encounter big problems if you live with a Lao partner who isn't married to you.  When the police investigated my ham radio station at my house, they kept asking if I cohabited with a Lao woman 🙂

 

As for the bank interest and income, of course that will depend on how much you save!  

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1 minute ago, simon43 said:

Actually, I'm leaving Laos in about 4 weeks from now.

Sorry to hear that I thought you had found pleasant bolt hole. Don't forget your virtual friends wherever you end up. Does this mean I'll have to get the local amateur radio station fired up?

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22 minutes ago, VocalNeal said:

Sorry to hear that I thought you had found pleasant bolt hole. Don't forget your virtual friends wherever you end up. Does this mean I'll have to get the local amateur radio station fired up?

After the intervention of the police in my case, you might find a little difficult to get a ham licence in Laos.....

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7 hours ago, simon43 said:

After the intervention of the police in my case, you might find a little difficult to get a ham licence in Laos.....

I'm in Thailand. The station is about 300m from my house up the hill!  Go luck wherever you end up.

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On 10/19/2021 at 10:40 PM, simon43 said:

Hi, sorry for the late reply.  Actually, I'm leaving Laos in about 4 weeks from now.  This is purely because the local police 'leant' on the amateur radio licence office in Vientiane to place restrictions on my ham radio operations. I had legally operated my ham station in Luang Prabang for 2 years, and then the local bigwig police guy got wind of it.

Thanks for sharing your experience mate
So where are you heading next ..
Hope you will have a great time in the next destination you choose

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On 7/6/2021 at 4:18 PM, LeatFingies said:

You’ve lived in Thailand longer than me? Then you obviously agree that Thailand is 100x better so what are you arguing about? That you can drive around a boring country alone? Congrats. Why don’t you live there?

Total nonsequitur....how can anyone even think that is a valid argument. I ask you.

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