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Reply #15 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 2:34am
 
I'm glad everything went smoothly, and that you'll be together soon.
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Reply #16 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 6:51am
 
Congratulations Chris. I have a mate (also in NZ) who went back to Laos to get married. After 3 years she still hasn't left Laos to join him. I don't know who's responsibility it is: the NZ government or their Lao counterparts. After paying a hefty dowry, he is frustrated that his "investment" hasn't yet come to fruition. Maybe it's because he doesn't pay any taxes: he works under the table. Good money too.

By the way  I was just wondering, bro, if you had to pay a dowry?
Do Lao pa-phee-nee (customs) apply when it comes to khon-dang-pathet (foreigners)?
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Reply #17 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 7:08am
 
if he can't declare his income! NZ and Laos Government will ever going to let her in. Maybe,that what your mate want...so he is free in NZ. hahahahaha... Cheesy
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Reply #18 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 7:46am
 
How about if someone else sponsors her? Maybe one of his relatives? Maybe then he can have some fun? What do you think?
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Reply #19 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 1:18pm
 
Larb Dip wrote on 4th Mar, 2011 at 6:51am:
Congratulations Chris. I have a mate (also in NZ) who went back to Laos to get married. After 3 years she still hasn't left Laos to join him. I don't know who's responsibility it is: the NZ government or their Lao counterparts. After paying a hefty dowry, he is frustrated that his "investment" hasn't yet come to fruition. Maybe it's because he doesn't pay any taxes: he works under the table. Good money too.

By the way I was just wondering, bro, if you had to pay a dowry?
Do Lao pa-phee-nee (customs) apply when it comes to khon-dang-pathet (foreigners)?


Dowry is a gold necklace for her dad (about 30,000 Baht approx ) and some food and drink (another 30,000 Baht approx)

What do you mean by 'investment'?
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Reply #20 - 4th Mar, 2011 at 8:04pm
 
For those who are not familiar with the Thai baht currency, 30,000 baht is approximately $1,000 US dollars.

For gold measurements used in Laos and Thailand, that's approximately 3 baht gold necklace for dowry, and $1,000 for food and drinks, which is fair for a typical Lao wedding.
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Larb Dip wrote on 4th Mar, 2011 at 6:51am:
Congratulations Chris. I have a mate (also in NZ) who went back to Laos to get married. After 3 years she still hasn't left Laos to join him. I don't know who's responsibility it is: the NZ government or their Lao counterparts. After paying a hefty dowry, he is frustrated that his "investment" hasn't yet come to fruition. Maybe it's because he doesn't pay any taxes: he works under the table. Good money too.

By the way I was just wondering, bro, if you had to pay a dowry?
Do Lao pa-phee-nee (customs) apply when it comes to khon-dang-pathet (foreigners)?


Dowry is a gold necklace for her dad (about 30,000 Baht approx ) and some food and drink (another 30,000 Baht approx)

What do you mean by 'investment'?


The punctuation "speaks" for itself: his word, not mine:p
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Reply #22 - 6th Mar, 2011 at 4:08am
 
Chris, I was just wondering if your wife can speak English?
Hows the communication?
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Reply #23 - 6th Mar, 2011 at 9:06am
 
Chris that is awesome news! Congratulations to you and your beautiful wife! I too recently married the love of my life Keomany. We have sent all our paperwork to the Lao Embassy in Washington, D.C. I am not sure if we will move to Vientiane in the future, but we are going to Laos in May for a formal ceremony of marriage and to meet the new members of my family. Sokdee, take care.
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Reply #24 - 6th Mar, 2011 at 9:28am
 
Larb Dip - Communication is good. Her English is very limited but we both speak Thai well. I'm learning Lao and my thai speaking doesn't hurt in that respect. When my wife is here, I'll teach her English.

Bill - Thanks mate. I'm glad u r happy too. Good luck.

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Reply #25 - 7th Mar, 2011 at 3:34am
 
Kia Ora Chris. I just wast to know one thing, my man: how'd you and your wife meet? Can you give a fellow Kiwi any pointers. I think I need to go and woo MYSELF a housewife. Any tips would be very much appreciated. (I read they like to have good conversaions. But then, who doesn't).
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Reply #26 - 7th Mar, 2011 at 10:38am
 
My advice would be to learn the Lao language. Then it will be easier to meet girls. Luckily my wife spoke Thai (as I didn't speak Lao) so when I first tried talking to her, we were able to converse. Then we just went from there.


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Reply #27 - 7th Mar, 2011 at 4:16pm
 
My Lao is ALMOST fluent. No problems for me, my man, in the communications department. How did you break the ice?
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Reply #28 - 7th Mar, 2011 at 7:31pm
 
I myself was luck that my wife had been in the US for about 5 years and spoke pretty fair English. I am now learning Lao, abet slowly, but I am learning.

@ Larb Dip - I hope you are looking for more than a housewife.

@ Chris - That is some sound advice mate. Learn the language first. Oh, maybe someone ought to tell Larb Dip about sin sod also, that is if he isn't familiar with that custom.
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Reply #29 - 7th Mar, 2011 at 8:15pm
 
Larb Dip wrote on 7th Mar, 2011 at 4:16pm:
My Lao is ALMOST fluent. No problems for me, my man, in the communications department. How did you break the ice?


By talking to her. That's generally how most people break the ice.
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