Ask your guest house/hotel to have a tuk tuk take you to a local market. Get a used one and have them activate the sim card for you and install some minutes. Probably $30 US tops. Give them your new number when you call your folks.
Going to the market is something a lot of people like to do anyway, photos and unusual food items.
A used phone...interesting. Thanks for the advice. Do you think this kind of purchase is doable at a local market without speaking Lao?
#3 glomer has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 86
Yes it is possible without speaking Lao. However there are also many phone shops around town which sell used phones,
Another possibility is to buy a copy phone. Some of them are of decent quality, and you can get an i phone 4 for about $90. The latest Nokia is also available.
A third possibility is to buy a new real phone. They are all unlocked and are cheaper than in many western countries.
Glomer there is a very high probability that anyone you buy a phone from will speak a few languages, the first couple being some sort of Chinese. Last guy I bought a phone from spoke better English than I speak Lao, that's not saying much but I hardly ever speak English to Lao people.
I like the extremely simple, durable as in bomb proof, Nokia. Wish it worked here.
Thanks for the replies, Rufus & Somsai!
#6 glomer has been a member since 23/2/2010. Posts: 86