phuketrichard wrote:how does one buy land in Laos.
Same as Thailand/Cambodia?
Ie. need a local to put in their name?
and biggest question; how safe is it, WE all know buying land in Cambodia is at best a 50-50% lose
very nice website, but have to admit there are some things that i don't like, so take these as suggestions from someone that has worked in the tourism field to help your potential customers avoid contacting you an wasting your time.
i really hate accommodation places that do not list their rates>
No mention if there is electric ( generator?) Doesn't look like it, or wifi access
no mention how far you are from anywhere
Just my $.05 worth
Sorry for the late reply as I just got back home. To answer your question buying land in Laos is the same as Thailand. You need a Lao national to put it in their name. You can own 49% of the land on paper. In my case I own 49% of the land my business is on, as well as have in writing that I own outright, all structures, fixtures, houses, furniture, machinery, electrical transformers, towers, tractor, the kitchen sink, you name it and I have it registered as mine. As added protection I also leased the land for 30 years. So it is somewhat unusual that I own 49% but also lease but can't be too careful. I have also put in writing that the land can not be sold, re-leased, or used as security on any type of loan without my explicit consent in writing.
So I have covered all bases as far as any shenanigans go, although I also trust who I am dealing with. Laos is much more stable (for better or worse) than Cambodia. You don't hear of land grabs and such things like in Cambodia. People that have interests here do not assume somebody will steal their land by default. I have not heard of one single problem of having land snatched that didn't somehow involve the vagina the person was married to. Even then this could have been avoided if the contract was worded similar to how I have written mine.
As far as government land grabs it is best to avoid buying land in areas that are government controlled such as next to a waterfall or park entrance etc.
Thank you for your feedback regarding my website you make some very valid and helpful points that I will try to address soon.
Prices for rooms vary by the season and sometimes by the day here. So I am reluctant to list prices however thinking about it, it wouldn't take much effort to change that now and again. So I will list prices, in the near future when I get around to updating my site. I also refuse to raise prices just because others do so online.
There is electricity and I do have a back up generator. The power in Laos is much better than say in Sihanoukvile, so the generator isn't often times needed. I never even thought of giving this information but could see how a frequent traveller to SE. Asia might find it useful. I believe I am the only guesthouse that has one actually, and would do very well to point this out to people. Ironically I just received an inquiry from a film crew who wants to stay and this was the first concern they raised. So thank you for this tip.
We also do have WiFi and I will make a note of this in my website as well. For the time being Wifi is available in the restaurant and in one room that is closest to that area. I will be adding extenders to my router to provide all rooms internet in the near future.
There is a map of our location on the website in local area info and the contact us sections. I should probably also add information in regards to where exactly 4,000 islands is in Laos.
Thank you for your feedback and I will definitely follow up on your suggestions.