Our Indochina travel guide incorporates all the charm, creativity and chaos of four of South East Asia’s most beguiling countries: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Discover what we rate and what we don’t as well as the food, shopping, people and the history associated with one of the world’s favourite regions.
Best time to visit Laos
The best time to visit Laos depends on your cardinal point; the temperature differs from north to south and from mountains to riverside life
Laos’s weather system is straightforward when compared to the rest of Asia and has two distinct periods – the dry season (Nov to Apr) and the wet season (May-Oct); March-June are the hottest months of the year. When considering the best time to visit Laos, be aware that the northern, central and eastern regions are at a higher altitude than those in the south, where humidity is high and temperatures can be in excess of 35°C in March and April.
Luang Prabang Weather Chart
When to go to Laos, month by month
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Amy Poulton from our supplier, Wayfairer Travel, shares her opinion on the best time to visit Laos: "Dry season is November to May, then the wet season lasts from May to October. The dry season is the most popular (particularly December to February) and also the most practical time to visit Laos, as the country’s modest dirt roads are much more manageable when dry. However, remember that the rainy season does not mean 24/7 rain – usually there is just one downpour a day (and locals are often able to time it to a tee!), which actually helps to break up the humidity. A great time to visit Laos is when the rainy season has just finished, around October and November, as Laos’ landscapes are green and lush, plus the nation’s famous waterfalls are at their most impressive. If travelling during March and April, which are also the hottest months, keep in mind that this is “burning season” for Lao farmers, who burn their fields to prepare the used ground for the rains. This results in an ugly, smoggy haze throughout the country and may also affect those with respiratory problems."
Festivals & events in Laos
A real benefit to visiting Laos in the dry season is Pi Mai, the Laos New Year celebrations that happen in April. It’s a huge week long party in the street celebrating the end of the dry season and the start of the rainy season. Everyone has a water gun, so there’s no hiding behind anyone to escape from getting wet; they’ll definitely have a water gun and will soak you through while belly laughing. A 90-year-old grandma in the street – don’t trust her.
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