Climate and Weather in Laos
choose your weather for your purpose of travel
For a traveler in Laos it is crucial to understand the weather and climate conditions that we experience here in Laos and Indochina throughout the year. As many information providers just tell you what others have told, we try to give you a wider picture of what the climate in Laos and Indochina has to offer for the traveler.
We say, Laos has three seasons:
The monsoon effected period lasts from May to October in which quite some rainfall is registered. It is humid and we find amazing structures of clouds as well as lush and green nature, full of life! Bring a raincoat and you will be fine as most roads are well maintained these days. If you can't stand the humidity make sure you AC rooms booked ahead. July and August is experiencing quite a demand. September is the strongest rain month.
After the monsoon period in Laos there is a dry period from November through to April, sometimes May even. This is what most people call the high season!! Means many other people on the hot spots, clear skies at least until january and later on a lot of mist, dust and slash an burn smoke in Lao mountain areas. Great temperatures easy to travel, cool evenings, clear rivers (not the Mekong) and highest room rates you can expect!
From March until the approaching monsoon which can actually vary quite a bit, the country (Laos and Cambodia) experiences its hottest and very dry weather. The best time to visit Laos is the time you can handle best and depends very much on your expectations and information gathered before you travel.
From our experience we can say even if you travel in the wildest rainy season you experience maybe much more about Laos than others in December crushing out with only other foreigners and learning and seeing less...its finally up to you!
Laos climate, weather information for your activities in Laos:
You wish to make some specific activities...? Then you might have to choose a specific time for your purpose of travel in Laos
Laos Overland Travel
is not really depending on climate and weather! As most roads are all weather roads you can get away from all "major" places. Though forget the hidden valleys and donkey trails in the Lao mountains...that's mud-only in rainy season.
Especially if you travel with rented car you can even enjoy the rainy season in a good way as it hardly ever rains for really long...its more the heavy, short blast kind of rain!
Best Trekking weather Laos
You would prefer some dry weather if you go trekking or at least good rain protection and good walking shoes if you come to Laos for Trekking in August for example. Trekking and hiking in Laos in the dry season is surely great, especially shortly after the rain (e.g. October). In March and April Laos is getting really hot!!
Best weather for kayaking in Laos
and water activities such as multi-day river travel is great if you have beaches especially if you do camping in Laos. This is possible from October to May! In other months you have to overnight in villages and prepare for high brown water and fast going rivers not without dangers. For day trips this is all fine, but remote rivers we not recommend to travel in July-September!