Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos. Vientiane is situated on a bend of the Mekong river, which forms the border with Thailand at this point. A short link connects Vientiane with Thailand over the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. Laos is in South-eastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam. The climate is tropical monsoon with a rainy season (May to November) and a dry season (December to April). The official language is Lao. Government and business circles commonly use French, while English is growing in popularity. Lao and Thai are quite similar languages and Lao speakers tend to understand a reasonable amount of Thai. The main religion is Buddhism. The economy of Laos is heavily dependent on investment and trade with its neighbours, Thailand, Vietnam, and, especially in the north, China. Much of the country lacks adequate infrastructure. Subsistence agriculture still accounts for half of the GDP and provides 80 percent of employment. In Laos business dress for men typically comprises a lightweight suit with a shirt and tie. Expatriate women are expected to wear a dress or a lightweight suit. The security risk for expatriates in Laos is low to medium. Risks include low levels of crime such as theft and assault, the threat of terrorism, stringent security checks and surveillance by security forces. The currency of Laos is the Lao Kip (LAK). Medical facilities are extremely basic. Medical evacuation is challenging and very expensive. Water borne, food borne and other infectious diseases are common and serious outbreaks have occurred. The population of Vientiane is 783,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.34% for Laos as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Laos is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 24%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Vientiane is as follows: Vientiane as at 1 October 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$780 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1080 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$208 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$29100 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2250 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$590 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2450 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$485 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$525 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$480 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$920 Vientiane is 19% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 15% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 56.4% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Vientiane for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Vientiane) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Vientiane is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Vientiane? Register subscribe to your home location and Vientiane and run your personalised reports.