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Best Time to Visit Laos

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Generally, the best time to visit Laos is from November to March when the country is in the dry season and sees pleasant temperatures and less rainfall.

A landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos with year-round attractions is good to visit every season. Its tropical climate endowed Laos with two distinct seasons: a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October. Traveling during the wet season usually won’t cause any problems either, so remember to prepare a raincoat.

Scroll down to find more detailed information about Laos’ weather, and festivals in different seasons and months.

Kuangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang
Kuangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang

Laos Weather

Laos has a tropical climate, showing a definite wet season (from May to October) and a dry season (from November to April). It is a landlocked country, no need to worry about troublesome storms since with no coastline. In addition, altitude and latitude exert a strong influence on its climate, during the dry season, the higher regions and further north areas are usually endowed with cooler temperatures.

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Best Times to Visit Laos

Best Time for Mekong River Cruise in Laos

November to January is the time when Mekong River with the highest water levels, a good time for people who want to take a cruise to explore the river.

Best Time for Trekking in Laos

November to February is the time when Laos sees more clear days and cool temperature, ideal to enjoy pleasant trekking and scenery in some rural mountain areas.

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Best Time to Visit Luang Prabang

The best time to visit Luang Prabang is from November to February when the town enjoys the most comfortable weather of the year, enabling enjoyable walking, cycling, and exploration tours in this ancient town.   

March to May is when the city is in the hot season, and the air is terribly polluted by slash-and-burn agricultural practices.

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Best Time to Visit Vientiane

The months between November and March are the most recommended time to visit Vientiane when the capital city enjoys most pleasant weather and clear days in a year.

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Off-Peak Season in Laos

May to September is the wet season in Laos when it undergos more heavey rainy days and high humidity. However, it is also the time when Laos sees fewer tourists, leaving the accommodation, restaurants with lower prices during this time. And the wet weather rusults in the alive vegetation and lush landscapes, dynamic streams and waterfalls in these days, making May to September a good time to enjoy wonderful natural beauty. There won’t be many problems occurs if travel in this time, just remember to prepare a raincoat.

Peak Season in Laos

November to March is the best time to visit Laos, so is the peak travel season in Laos. For those who planning to visit Laos during this period, it’s highly recommended to book in advance, especially during the Christmas holiday season.

Time Better to Avoid to Travel Laos

Generally, Laos is great for travel all year round and rarely sees extreme weather conditions. For people who don’t want to suffer from heat and humidity, July and August (heat and humidity), and September and October (with more heavy rains) are the months best avoided in Laos.

Laos Festivals and Weather by Month

Traveling Laos in January

  • A good time for river exploration and cruise when the river levels are high.
  • January is when the country in dry season, with comfortable temperature.
  • Some rural or moutain areas in north of Laos may be cold, bring heavy coat if travl these areas.

Traveling Laos in February

  • Still the dry season in Laos, become warmer than January.
  • Waterway exploration is still a good choice this month.
  • Laotian Festivals in February: Boun Ma Kha Bu Saar/Full Moon Festival, Wat Phou Festival – Champasak

Traveling Laos in March

  • During the dry season in Laos, temperatures continuously rise, some areas over 30°C, and highland and mountain areas are cool.
  • Some areas of central and southern Laos may be a little too hot.
  • Bolaven Plateau with its higher altitude and cooler weather is a good choice for this month.
  • A river cruise is not a good idea for the water level is low.
  • Laotian Festivals in March: Boun Koun Khao (rural customs in rural villages), Boun Pha Vet.

Traveling Laos in April

  • Last month of the dry season in Laos.
  • One of the hottest months in the country (the temperature in some areas is even over 36°C ).
  • River levels are at their lowest in a year.
  • Laotian Festivals in April: Boun Pi Mai/Lao New Year (with celebrations around the country)

Traveling Laos in May

  • The first half of May still sees more clear days, and the later days usually with more rainy days.
  • River levels are still low.
  • The average temperature is around 32°C.
  • Laotian Festivals in May: Boun Bang Fai/Rocket Festival (May or June, in the sixth month of lunar calendar), Boun Visakhaboucha

Traveling Laos in June

  • Most areas of the country come into the rainy season.
  • Still can see a lot of sunshine because the rains usually stop soon.
  • The average temperature is around 30°C.

Traveling Laos in July

  • The average temperature is around 30°C, Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos usually enjoys cooler temperatures.
  • Wet climate results in lush landscapes and cascading waterfalls.

Traveling Laos in August

  • The rainy season peaks in August.
  • River levels gradually rise this month.
  • The average temperature is around 20°C.
  • A good time to enjoy Laos’ stunning natural beauty.

Traveling Laos in September

  • Still not recommended to travel to remote rural areas since heavy rainfall is still expected throughout the country.
  • The end of this month will see some clear sunny days.
  • One of the best times for natural beauty.
  • Laotian Festivals in September: Boun Khao Padabdin/Rice and Boat Racing Festival

Traveling Laos in October

  • Laos enters the dry season in October.
  • Most areas enjoy cooler and more comfortable temperatures this month.
  • The average temperature is around 20°C.
  • It is the month when Laos sees more tourists.
  • The wet season left lush landscapes in Laos.
  • Laotian Festivals in October: Boun Ok Phansa/Boat Racing Festival, Naga Rocket Festival

Traveling Laos in November

  • River levels are at their highest this month, good for cruising, and waterway exploration.
  • The dry season for most areas in the country.
  • The average temperature is around 20°C, generally comfortable.
  • Laotian Festivals in November: That Luang Festival and Trade Fair in Vientiane

Traveling Laos in December

  • The weather in December is similar to it in November. Still the dry season throughout the country.
  • Great time for river cruising and exploration.
  • The country still enjoys comfortable temperatures until the temperature in north Laos drops at the end of this month.

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