Best Time To Visit Laos


Laos is a landlocked nation in Southeast Asia bordered by Myanmar, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Its 237,955 sq km geography is primarily mountainous, with steep terrain and narrowing river valleys. The country’s climate varies in different regions at different times of the year and is significantly influenced by its landscape.

One of the main concerns when making travel plans is choosing the best time to visit Laos. This guide can help you determine the optimal time and ensure a more enjoyable and memorable holiday.

Understanding Laos Climate

Laos, which experiences typical tropical monsoon weather, has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. Monsoons typically arrive around the same time across the country. However, this can vary greatly from year to year.

From May to October, it is hot and humid (with August being the wettest and most humid), and from November to April, it is dry and cooler. Within that broad picture, regional differences can be summarized as follows: the further south you travel, the hotter it is.

In January, for example, in the midst of the dry season, typical maximum temperatures in Pakse in the south are 29°C, dropping to 27°C in Vientiane and a relatively mild 24°C in Luang Prabang.

The Best Time To Visit Laos According To Season

Winter (From December to February) 


This time of year can offer travelers a mix of sightseeing and countryside exploration

In lowland Laos, November to January are the best months to travel since the days are agreeably warm, the evenings are a little cold, and the scenery is lush and green after the rains. Temperatures are substantially lower at higher elevations, occasionally reaching below freezing.

In December, temperatures in Vientiane and Luang Prabang average approximately 27°C and 22°C, respectively, while temperatures in southern locations like Pakse reach over 30°C.

What You Can Do During This Season

Water levels from the previous months’ rains are high, making journeys along the Mekong River ideal. There are several options for whitewater rafting and kayaking excursions on northern rivers, such as the Nam Ou and the Nam Xuang, for those wanting greater water-based thrills.

Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, and Luang Namtha are the ideal destinations for beginning kayaking trips. Equally not to be missed are the magnificent waterfalls in the southern highlands.

Moreover, dry land conditions are great for visiting Laos for active outdoor sports such as rock climbing, challenging hiking, and bicycle excursions. You may also spend time exploring mystical Buddhist sanctuaries and intriguing caverns, as well as visiting elephant camps, coffee plantations, and local marketplaces.

Events You Might Enjoy

  • Laos National Day, celebrated on December 2nd, commemorates the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975. It is a time for the Lao people to come together, celebrate their independence, and honor their nation’s history and achievements. Visitors to Laos during this time can witness the vibrant festivities and experience the strong sense of national pride that permeates the country.
  • The Luang Prabang Film Festival, usually taking place in early December, is an annual event that showcases Southeast Asian cinema.  The festival features film screenings, discussions, and workshops, providing a platform for cultural exchange and appreciation of the art of filmmaking.
  • The Wat Phou Festival is held at the Wat Phou temple complex in Champasak province. It typically happens during the full moon of the third lunar month, which usually falls in February. It is a religious festival that pays homage to the ancient Khmer temple and its spiritual significance. Pilgrims from across Laos gather to participate in traditional ceremonies, make offerings to the temple, and seek blessings for good fortune and prosperity.
  • The Hongsa Elephant Festival, with flexible dates every year, is a unique celebration that highlights the importance of elephants in Lao culture. It features elephant processions, traditional performances, and various elephant-related activities. The festival aims to raise awareness about elephant conservation and promote the preservation of Lao traditions associated with these majestic creatures.

Spring (From March To May)

Boun Bang Fai

The Rocket Festival in Laos

Spring is definitely the off-season for Laos travel, from the start of spring to its end, Laos goes through a significant transformation.

The highlands are generally just as hot and muggy as the lowlands, while there are few places, like Paksong on the Bolaven Plateau, that offer a temperate temperature year-round. Temperatures climb quickly and peak in April, when the lowlands are scorching hot and humid. The average temperature is 36°C in Luang Prabang, 38°C in Vientiane, and a little bit higher in Pakse.

By April, river movement is halted as water levels are at an all-year low. However, the rainy season begins in May, when Laos gets hot and muggy. If you’re ready to withstand the heat, excursions to cultural sites are still on the schedule, even if trekking can be challenging as the pathways get slick.

Some Notes For You

From March until the start of the monsoon, much of the north, including Luang Prabang, is enveloped in smoke because of slash-and-burn agriculture, which may be rather uncomfortable at times. But it won’t be a problem because Asia Pioneer Travel can design a Laos tour without any weather issues.

Events You Might Enjoy

  • Boun Pi Mai (Lao New Year from the 14th to the 16th of April), which is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Locals participate in water fights after washing Buddha statues, as it is believed to bring good luck and relief from the hot weather.
  • Boun Bang Fai (The Rocket Festival) is usually held in May and is a spectacle of rockets being launched into the sky to bring rain for the upcoming rice planting season. It is a colorful and lively event, with traditional music, dance performances, and beauty pageants.

Summer (From June To August)


Laos might have intense heat during midsummer 

Laos experiences extreme summertime heat, rain, and humidity during this period of time.

The network of dirt roads in Laos is affected by the rain, some of which become impassable, and the monsoon hampers various activities, especially those that take place outside. However, following rain, rivers that may be impassable at the end of the dry season become crucial transportation channels again. Moreover, the barren environment comes to life once more; emerald-hued rice fields and lush flora surround cascading waterfalls.

It’s also important to note that while most of Laos has rain in June, it often doesn’t linger long. The rain tends to cool things out a bit, allowing you to do some sightseeing.

By July, the rains had slowed down, and the temperature in the south was approximately 32°C; the north was cooler. For refuge from the oppressive heat of the Mekong Valley, go to the Bolaven Plateau, where coffee is grown.

Some Notes For You

  • Pack an umbrella and light moisture-wicking clothing in case the weather turns chilly.
  • August is known for heavy rainfall, prolonged showers, and high humidity. As a result, walking trails can become muddy and slippery, making hiking difficult or impossible.
  • Additionally, roads can become slick and hazardous, and certain remote areas, caves, and tourist spots may be closed. 

Events You Might Enjoy

  • Boun Khao Pansa (the start of Buddhist Lent), which usually starts from July to September or October. It marks the beginning of a three-month period of intensive meditation and study for Buddhist monks. The festival includes a colorful procession called the “Wax Castle Procession,” where elaborate wax castles are carried through the streets. Visitors to Laos during this festival can experience the vibrant celebrations and immerse themselves in the local Buddhist culture.

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Autumn (From September To November)


Laos weather turns into comfortable vibes in autumn

During September, it rains consistently for most of the month. However, towards the end of September, the weather becomes sunny and bright, making the scenery look stunning.

In October, there are occasional sprinkles of rain, and the temperature usually remains around 30°C, making it an excellent time to participate in outdoor activities. Additionally, this is the perfect time to visit Laos and enjoy its various attractions before the peak tourist season, when the crowds return. It’s also an ideal time to get a great deal during the shoulder season.

What You Can Do During This Season

Since November is not a rainy season, it is the perfect time to explore the nation’s waterways while the rivers are still full from the recent downpour. Outdoor activities such as hiking, tubing, and swimming are becoming increasingly popular, and the pleasant weather makes it quite enjoyable to go sightseeing, temple hopping, and exploring.

Events You Might Enjoy

  • Lai Heau Fai, also known as the Festival of Light, is a captivating and enchanting celebration that takes place in Laos. This festival is held annually on the night of the full moon in the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls in November. Lai Heau Fai is a time when the people of Laos come together to pay homage to their ancestors and seek blessings for the upcoming year.
  • The That Luang Festival is held annually in Vientiane, the capital city, to honor the That Luang Stupa, which is considered the most sacred and important religious monument in the country. The festival typically takes place over three days in November, with the exact dates varying each year based on the lunar calendar. The event attracts thousands of devotees and visitors from all over Laos and neighboring countries, making it a vibrant and bustling celebration.


The That Luang Stupa, the national symbol of Laos

Laos, with its rich cultural tapestry, stunning natural beauty, and warm hospitality, promises to enchant you at any time of the year. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or a deeper understanding of ancient traditions, Laos surely can offer an unforgettable experience.

To have a seamless and amazing travel experience, let Asia Pioneer Travel be your delicate support. Our team of travel designers will meticulously plan your trip, taking into account the best times to visit, weather conditions, and local events, ensuring that you make the most of your time in Laos.

Do not hesitate to Craft Your Laos Adventure and embrace the opportunity to experience the captivating beauty!

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