When to Travel - Laos

  • Best Time to Travel
  • Good Time to Travel
  • Green Season
  • Cool temperatures
  • Very cold

Weather information is an important factor to consider when deciding where or when to travel. The following table offers our opinion on when it is best to travel throughout the year, with the "Green Season" representing months with higher rainfall. "Green Season" days in the Far East tend to be dry in the morning with short sharp showers in the afternoon. Below this we offer average climate statistics, from selected destinations, and a general overview of the country's climate to help you decide when to travel.

Vientiane
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Luang Prabang
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
  • Vientiane

    28 30 33 34 32 32 31 31 31 31 29 28
    14 17 19 23 23 24 24 24 24 21 18 16
    8 8 7 8 7 5 5 5 8 8 8 8
    5 15 38 99 267 302 267 292 302 109 15 3
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Climate - Laos

Laos can be visited throughout the year as every season has something special to offer. The coolest months are December through February. In Luang Prabang, and the north, night time temperatures can approach freezing but daytime can be like spring in Europe. It is necessary to take along a pullover or jacket during the cool season as nights can be chilly, especially in the mountainous areas such as Luang Prabang, the Plain of Jars, Saravane and Huay Xai.

March through May are the hottest months, sometimes exceeding 40C for a few days. June through August are the wettest months and temperatures seldom exceed 28C or 29C due to extensive cloud cover. It is lush then, and the sun does poke through from time to time, making it excellent for photography. September through November, the dry season starts to dominate rural and city life.

For visitors travelling between the end of March and the beginning of April, please note in the mountainous area where “slash and burn” cultivation remains the smoke may cause a haze forcing domestic flights to be delayed or cancelled.

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