i'v been living in laos for nearly a year... accommodation is quite cheap. u can rent a nice house with garden with abt 500$/ month. Many restaunrants, bars r owned by foreigners so I think its very easy to make friends.Vientiane,the capital, is quite small, pretty, quiet n peaceful, even tho, not many things to do. You can get a job as a teacher easily if you are English or French native speakers but dont expect high salary. Lao ppl r friendly, very kind. Dont get one-time entry visa because you might need going to ( Nongkhai or Udonthani ) sometime for shopping, markets n super markets in Vientiane r just OK. Enjoy Laos
It's a fantastic place to live because it's so underpopulated and so sleepy compared to other Asian cities, particularly in Southeast Asia. People take their time doing things and enjoy life. You can't help but join in this group mentality even as an expat. There's lots to do if you're active and you know how to make your own fun. Of course, if you're someone who's into shopping, art galleries and fine dining... then it may not be the place for you!
Finding accommodation is very easy as there are a number of real estate agencies willing to take you to see rental properties. Making friends with other expats is easy, however most people are in Laos for work reasons rather than just hanging about.