One of the worries of being digital nomads is constantly looking out for places to use as our office. We spent nearly two weeks in Vientiane, Laos, and we visited a lot of places to find that perfect office.
The perfect place to work for us needs to have:
- Reliable and fast wifi. Free is best.
- A table at desk height or close enough to be comfortable
- Chairs that are preferably cushioned
- Delicious and cheap coffee
- Tasty snacks so that we can order something every hour to share.
This is by the far, our favourite work place in Vientiane. Looking at the clientèle, we are not the only ones who think so. The five sections of the bakery are constantly filled with locals, expats and tourists sitting at comfortable tables with their laptops. Some areas are air conditioned, some aren't.
The Scandinavian Bakery serves delicious baked goods, breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, cheap, tasty and strong filtered coffee, and real bean coffee too. They also offer a "backpacker special" which is a bag of yesterdays baked goods for really cheap.
The wifi worked well. There was three wifi routers to choose from with three different passwords. Ports were not blocked and we were able to complete skype video calls easily.
Check out the map at the end of this post for where you can find The Scandinavian Bakery in Vientiane, Laos.
Joma Bakery Cafe
Joma Bakery Cafe, known as Joma by everyone, is a well known traveller's haven. The cafe is busy at all hours of the day. It is a chain of cafes that can be found in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and a few places in Vietnam so lots of traveller stumble across Joma at some point. If not, they certainly would have heard about it in their trusty Lonely Planet.
What makes this place so special is that the food and coffee are very tasty. They are also very expensive. A cup of coffee cost almost as much as we would expect to pay in Australia. It is not a place that you can afford to sit and work for eight hours straight that is for sure. We bought two coffees and two slices of pizza and it came up to just over USD $10.00 Not cheap. However, the air conditioning, comfortable tables and chairs and the nearly flawless free wifi went a long way to cancelling out the high cost.
It is just not a place we could spend a full work day. It still deserves a mention because of the comfort, the free water and the happy staff.
Check out the map at the end of this post for where you can find Joma Bakery Cafe in Vientiane, Laos.
True Coffee Vientiane
An honourable mention goes to True Coffee in Vientiane. We didn't actually go here as the wifi wasn't free. The wifi cost about 8,000 to 10,000 Kip per hour. We've included it as it is an upmarket Internet cafe.
The prices may be expensive for a coffee but you can sit in style in a comfy chair using very new computers to skype to your family and friends.
We added this office location because some people don't travel with their own laptops. If you are used to working in an internet cafe with crappy chairs and dirty keyboards consider True Coffee in Vientiane. I am sure the expense would be worth it.
Check out the map at the end of this post for where you can find True Coffee in Vientiane, Laos.
So there you go. Our three favourite offices in Vientiane, Laos. Is there anywhere else we should have gone to?
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