Best Time to Visit Laos
11 Apr 2018
Laos encounters a tropical weather with two distinct monsoon seasons namely, the dry season and wet season. The dry season runs from November to April while the wet season is from May to October. But there are temperature variations that can be seen in different regions in Laos due to altitude differences. Here’s a detailed guide to help you choose the best time to visit this beautiful country and decide where to go in Laos.
1. NORTHERN LAOS
Northern Laos is at a higher altitude than the south and therefore experiences a higher humidity and temperature level. March and April are when Laos temperature reaches its peak which is 35°C. During the early rainy season, rainfall tends to be lighter and it is mostly clear skies during afternoons with an average temperature of 29°C. Heavy rainfall is experienced during August and September. So, the best time to visit Laos is from November to February.
The charming city Luang Prabang is one of the main reasons why many tourists visit Laos. While it is home to the magnificent Luang Prabang Waterfall, it also hosts many colorful festivals every year. The best time to visit Luang Prabang is from November to March when the Luang Prabang weather is both dry and cool. Luang Prabang surely comes with everything you need for your enjoyable and exciting holidays. Discover awesome things to do in Luang Prabang now
The Mysterious Beauty of Kuang Si Waterfalls
Luang Namtha which is a trekking paradise for tourists offers trails through a waterfall, mountain and tribal villages located on hilltops. If you want to visit this amazing place during the wet season and enjoy boat rides along the river, the ideal time is from May to October. However, if you want a drier ambiance that will make your trekking journeys easy, the best time to visit this amazing destination is from November to April.
The Idyllic Rice Field of Luang Namtha
Nong Khiaw is a city that lies on either side of the Nam Ou River and is connected by an impressive bridge. If you want to enjoy your time in Nong Khiaw, it is best to avoid the wet season which is from May to October. It is also best to avoid the scorching sun as it can exhaust you very quickly. The best time to go to Laos and visit Nong Khiaw is from November to March which is the dry season with a moderate temperature.
Muang Ngoi is a rustic town that gives you an authentic village experience as it is secluded from the modern world. November to March is the ideal season where the weather is just perfect and is even quite cool at times. The paths won’t be muddy and you will get to walk around without a hassle.
2. CENTRAL LAOS
Central Laos weather is very similar to that of Northern Laos and has a warm ambiance most of the year. Even during Laos wet season except for August and September, the region experiences a higher temperature. The best time to visit Laos and head to its central region is from October to February. However, it is advised to check on the latest prevailing weather conditions and prepare before the tour.
Vientiane, the capital city of Laos is full of old charms and modern influences. It is home to some of the oldest temples and historic monuments. The best time to visit Vientiane Laos and capture the spirit of this capital is from November to March when Vientiane weather is quite pleasant, the setting is really cool and comfortable. However, it is the peak of tourist season where most places will be crowded and prices are quite high. Read more about Top 5 Things to Do in Vientiane
Pha That Luang - the Impressive Symbol of Laos
Vang Vieng is an exciting nature-bound place to visit if you love exploring caves and go kayaking down the river. It is recommended to avoid the heavy rain season which is from May to October as it is particularly dangerous to go tubing or kayaking. November to March is ideal because the temperature is quite cool and the surrounding is really picturesque. Vang Vieng is also known as a paradise of backpackers thanks to a large number of night clubs and bars of all ages.
The Ripenning Rice Paddy in Vang Vieng
The Stunning Scenery in Vang Vieng
Located in the north-eastern part of Laos, Xieng Khouang is a very peaceful and idyllic town to travel to. The best time to visit Xieng Khouang in Laos is from November to February which is the cool season. However, compared to many other areas, Xieng Khouang has a favorable climate all year round. Make sure you bring adequate clothes to warm yourself as nights can be really chilly. Visiting Xieng Khouang, you will have a chance to witness the beauty and mystery of the Plain of Jars, which comprises hundreds of ancient stone objects dating back to thousands years ago. Read more about top 10 things to do in Xieng Khouang
The Plain of Jar in Xieng Khouang at Dusk
3. SOUTHERN LAOS
Southern Laos in special encounters a heavy rainfall during August and September which makes it really hard to explore the surroundings. The trails through the forest and paths toward waterfalls aren’t accessible during this time. So, October to March is the best time to travel to Laos and set your foot in this place to partake in adventures!
Pakse is also blessed with a very inviting weather throughout the year. While November and December are when you will enjoy Pakse at its best, the temperature is warm and pleasant until March. Thereafter, it can rise up to 99℉ which can become unbearable at times and disrupt your holiday.
Si Phan Don also known as 4000 Islands is an amazing place is Southern Laos you shouldn’t miss on your tour. Tourists love to relax in here during the warm season which is from November to March. The river will surely invite you for a bath if you go during March to May which is the hottest season. The wet season is not the best time to visit because the islands aren’t very appealing during heavy rains.
Khone Pha Pheng Waterfalls
The Bolaven Plateau situated in the crater of an ancient volcano is all about stunning waterfalls and scenic views. May to October which is the rainy season brings out the beauty of waterfalls but the roads will be muddy and hardly accessible. During the dry season, you will find it easy to walk through the wild area and the water isn’t too deep. The falls are less impressive at this time but very much inviting due to the warm weather.
Tad Pha Suam - One of the Greatest Waterfalls in Laos
If you want to experience the lush greenery and have a comfortable time exploring places, the best time to visit Laos is during the early dry season. The paths will be easily accessible and you can trek through forests without a trouble. So, make sure you are updated about the current weather conditions before your Laos Classic Tours start! This will make your trip hassle-free, enjoyable and exciting!