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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Take the job. You'll struggle if you don't as you can't just do a bit of casual labouring like you can in the UK.
    Hi MTD, i never really planned to work in all honesty, just applied for a few and ended up being offered one. The original plan was to try and live for 2 years on limited funds.
    I more than likely will take it, but want to check all avenues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Take the job. You'll struggle if you don't as you can't just do a bit of casual labouring like you can in the UK.
    Hi MTD, i never really planned to work in all honesty, just applied for a few and ended up being offered one. The original plan was to try and live for 2 years on limited funds.
    I more than likely will take it, but want to check all avenues.
    And remember, it's much easier to improve your work situation, if you are already employed.

    More importantly, I'm only 40 mins from the border, so I'll pop to Vientiane one day for a beer.

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    Cheers MTD,

    I probably will, just seems to defeat the object really as the plan was to have 2 years at home with the wife and kids, seeing Laos.
    Now im gonna be working everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977
    Now im gonna be working everyday.
    7 days a week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    7 days a week?
    5 and a half. Monday till friday then saturday morning.

    24 hr a day call out month in rotation.

    I dont know if you remember my posts about this before. The original plan was to let the kids see where mum was from, and have a few yrs there just enjoying it as much as we can on limited funds.

    Then the job came about and im very tempted but it means travelling down to Attupu to see my wifes home and area will be bloody hard.

    Decisions decisions!

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    without the work permit I seem to think you'll have a major problem with a long term stay.... Just something to think about.

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    Hi EG,

    Thanks for the reply, would i not be able to do visa runs? How long can you realistically do visa runs for??

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    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977
    Then the job came about and im very tempted but it means travelling down to Attupu to see my wifes home and area will be bloody hard.
    I wouldn't worry too much - There's bugger all in Laos outside of Vientiane, so stay there and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977
    How long can you realistically do visa runs for??
    You may be better off starting a new thread for that answer as most of us go from Thailand to Laos rather than Laos to Thailand for visa runs.

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    Have done MTD. cheers again!

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    Shiver me timbers, Matey. The Pom Navy sends you out to Laos to forage for roots and berries like that? Uncivilized, that lot. So you're attracted by cheap rents but looking for a job with experience in the nuke field.

    I've had dogs with more sense.

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    LOL whatttt????????

    Not a clue what your on about but it sounds great!!! haha

    No im just really wating to spend time in Laos, or even Thailand upto 2 years and trying to find a way of doing it.

    I have been offered this job, but it defeats the object!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    but they did have an excellent Petit Chablis for 120,000. Sorry BLD I drank the last one!
    Your forgiven i wouldnt know wine from vinegar , just dont drink all the Beer, yes you are right i mentioned 12000 kip for smokes but you can smoke local for as little as 3000 kip but i find they are killing me quicker than the imported , 12000 for a beer is more what you would pay drinking in a bar, ( cheeky bastards at tex mex want 15000,) i live in thong khang not far from phu bia minings old office vientiane boy , buy my beer at the minimart just down the road from there or sometimes drink the beer sot at the little place past the veggie market Awesome stuff beersot , Bye the way is there something i should know about KIS ? seems alright to me

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    You have me lost here navydoubts ? In another thread you are runing round Issan trying to find your lost Pattaya girlfriend and yet in this one you have a Laos wife and kids ?
    I must be missing something here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella
    I must be missing something here ?
    The concept of time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Fella
    You have me lost here navydoubts ? In another thread you are runing round Issan trying to find your lost Pattaya girlfriend and yet in this one you have a Laos wife and kids ?
    I must be missing something here ?
    Yeah your kinda missing 5 years! The Patters GF is from laos, has lived in the UK for 4 years and we have 3 kids now. She was Laos national not Thai.
    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Thanks again for the replys.

    That answers alot so a huge help. It is something i really want to do and as the kids are at a young age now might be the time.

    What if i wasnt to work, ive had a slight change of heart over the last few days (ever since they withdrew the schooling payments, left a nasty taste) and now fancy just staying for maybe 2 years, but would have really limited funds. 600 about $900.
    Ive seen 2/3 bed house at $400 which look ok ish?? That would be pretty much half of our money gone then it looks like 850000 kip is about $100? so were now down to $400. could we live on that? Im sure family would contribute to any disasters, but on a day to day basis could a family of 5 live on $400 ish? Could i get a year long visa?? If not how can i stay for 2 years??

    I may still take the job, but when promised something and its taken away im not that please so far.

    Would i be able to find work when in Laos possibly?? I dont care what im doing and money is not a priority, just want a couple of years before the kids start school!
    I think living on $400 for a family of 5 would be near impossible anywhere in the world;
    that's only $13/day for food??what about all the other essentials like clothes?
    electric? medical, (if needed), internet, phone, drinks etc etc.

    I lived in Thailand and my rent was $400/month for a 2 bedroom house in Kamala after i sold my home and than monthly costs ( outside school for my daughter) averaged over $800/month an that's for two of us.

    I know you really want do it but think realistically before you make the move.

    WE just spent 2 weeks driving around laos, entered from the north near Luang Namtha and headed all the way south to Savanket.

    I wouldn't want to live anywhere up there, People are nice but just after Thailand a little to slow ( Vang Vieng is NOT slow but no way would live there )

    Did meet a few people living in Vientaine that really enjoyed there time there. 1 had lkds an was moving to Thailand cause of the cost of schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by navydoubs1977
    Then the job came about and im very tempted but it means travelling down to Attupu to see my wifes home and area will be bloody hard.
    I wouldn't worry too much - There's bugger all in Laos outside of Vientiane, so stay there and enjoy.
    Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang. Phonsavan, Muang Noi, Attapeu, Champassak, Savannakhet.
    Bugger all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Vang Vieng
    Trashpacker central.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Luang Prabang
    Pretty, but dull.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Phonsavan, Muang Noi, Attapeu, Champassak, Savannakhet
    Who are you?!


    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Bugger all?
    Absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Vang Vieng
    Trashpacker central.

    Can be avoided easily. The scenery is excellent.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Luang Prabang
    Pretty, but dull.

    Dull? I guess if you don't like History, Art, Culture, Architecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Phonsavan, Muang Noi, Attapeu, Champassak, Savannakhet
    Who are you?!

    Someone who has lived here a long time and enjoys visits to all of those areas.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    Bugger all?
    Absolutely.
    Hardly. Then again I do not frequent girly bars or go out to get sloshed most nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    I think living on $400 for a family of 5 would be near impossible anywhere in the world;
    that's only $13/day for food??what about all the other essentials like clothes?
    electric? medical, (if needed), internet, phone, drinks etc etc.

    I lived in Thailand and my rent was $400/month for a 2 bedroom house in Kamala after i sold my home and than monthly costs ( outside school for my daughter) averaged over $800/month an that's for two of us.

    I know you really want do it but think realistically before you make the move.

    WE just spent 2 weeks driving around laos, entered from the north near Luang Namtha and headed all the way south to Savanket.

    I wouldn't want to live anywhere up there, People are nice but just after Thailand a little to slow ( Vang Vieng is NOT slow but no way would live there )

    Did meet a few people living in Vientaine that really enjoyed there time there. 1 had lkds an was moving to Thailand cause of the cost of schools.
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    Hi, thank you so much, that tells me all i needed. For the first 12 months we would get the kids tax credits and child benefit but after that, we would be down to the figures i mentioned.

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    Savannakhet???
    have u been there?? I was last month
    its a shit hole,
    we drove down from Vientaine with the intention of staying the night, ( hotels we looked at were very overpriced for what they offered) drive around an half the place is closed up and the other half is falling down, said fuck it an drove over the friendship bridge back to Thailand.

    AS to the places up north, Luang Namtha, Muenag Sing, ( great people at the market) Vang Vieng,( agree excellent scenery as is most of Northern Laos but...) there good for a night an that's it!!! Luang Prabang is peaceful an boring unless you like temples
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    BLD, sorry I missed your last post. I work very close to where you live. No, there is nothing you need to know about KIS. The standard of education is something i am happy with. Speak to the Aussie Dep Director, next time you are there. He can fill you in and is a nice guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard View Post
    Savannakhet???
    have u been there?? I was last month
    its a shit hole,
    we drove down from Vientaine with the intention of staying the night, ( hotels we looked at were very overpriced for what they offered) drive around an half the place is closed up and the other half is falling down, said fuck it an drove over the friendship bridge back to Thailand.

    AS to the places up north, Luang Namtha, Muenag Sing, ( great people at the market) Vang Vieng,( agree excellent scenery as is most of Northern Laos but...) there good for a night an that's it!!! Luang Prabang is peaceful an boring unless you like temples
    Of course I have been there - a number of times. I definitely do not find it a "shithole". It would appear PR, that you favour the girly bars etc. Now THAT is something that bores me shitless.
    Savannakhet has some really interesting french colonial architecture. There is also a dinosaur museum, some restaurants serving very good food - Lao and Western. It is a pity you did not bother to find out about the circular route arond the town that takes in some very old traditional Lao houses, a temple holding the oldest written Pali scrolls in the world and the Monkey forest. I can easily spend 2 days in Savannakhet. By the way, accommodation is not expensive if you bother to look. Did you only look at the Savan Vegas?

    Luang Prabang boring unless you like temples? Well that says it all I guess!

    PR one thing I am curious about, how do you cope with the shitty and overpriced food and wine in Phuket? Even a restaurant like Mom Tris pales when compared to some of the better places we have here.

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    I have NOT been in a girly bar in years and i lived in Phuket and i resent the fact u think i do. You don't know me
    Sav has nothing to offer anyone that i can see, the riverside is dirty unlike other riverside places in laos.

    After traveling thru much of Laos and having lived in Cambodia i can get better/CHEAPER thai/asian food in Phuket. I do not eat western food in restaurants much, but see in PP it is the same as Phuket if u know where to go.

    The wine collection in phuket has very good selection of wine although it is not as cheap as Cambodia.

    I ate out with some friends in Vientaine and we had some good french. Chinese and Italian food but it was not cheap and no better than what i could get in Phuket.

    As to accommodations cross the river an get a great room for 400 baht that makes anything in Sav seem unbearable

    Don't want get in a pissing argument but....

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