The rainy season in Laos, which runs from May until late October, makes a real mess of the country’s already difficult dirt roads; although this brings life and lushness to the countryside, you’ll struggle to get around and see it.
March, April, May and June are very hot months with temperatures soaring to 35°C and above, so if you do find yourself in Laos at either end of the hot season, head north for slightly cooler climes.
January and February are dry months with comfortable, warm temperatures. It can get quite cold in the north of the country though, so it's best to wrap up during early mornings and late evenings, or if you’re travelling on the river.
July sees the wet season in full swing and temperatures sitting at around 30°C, except further south in the Bolaven Plateau, where it’s notably cooler. As it becomes wetter, lush green foliage begins to swathe the landscape in central Laos, while in the south, waterfalls begin to cascade dramatically again.
August is the peak of the rainy season and a bit of a washout in Laos, plus travel to remote areas can be troublesome, but by September, the sun starts to shine again – this, combined with glistening waterfalls and leafy, green landscapes helps to make September an optimum month for travellers seeking stunning natural scenery.
November and December are all about life on the river – river levels are at their highest and conditions are dry and warm throughout the country making it an ideal time to journey along the mighty Mekong, taking in all of the incredible flora and fauna that line its banks.