I rode my bicycle through Laos a year ago and yes, the people were great and the scenery beautiful. You may not care whether or not Laos is underdeveloped or not. That's actually much of its appeal. However, I would think living there long term might present some difficulties for a number of reasons.
One, I'm not so sure how the communist government feels about foreigners ordaining, if that is even an option.
Two, the health care there is one of the lowest in the world. If you were say bitten by one of the many semi-wild dogs roaming around, you have to get to Thailand immediately for adequate care as rabies is an issue. And that's only one scenario. I know I had to race a number of dogs on the Thai side of the boarder during my travels so.....
Third, the government can be fickle in terms of entry visas so what's to say they might out of the blue say "Sabadee, we're shutting 'er down"?
All in all a great country to visit and I'd like to return soon myself. I would think the logistics of ordaining there would be very problematic but take what I say with a grain of salt.
Evidently there is a Wat near Vientiane that teaches meditation to foreigners.http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/la ... os-vietnam
"To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas" - Dhammapada 183