When to visit Laos
November - March
May - October
May - June (Nam Ha and Nam Et National Parks
February - April (4,000 Islands, Irrawaddy dolphins)
January - February
A lovely time to visit, with dry conditions throughout the country. Main cities should be in the comfortable mid-twenties; the lower-lying parts of the south nearer to 30°C. Bring warm layers if you’re heading to the north or high altitudes, as it can get cold at night.
March - April
Things start to heat up in Laos in March and April. It will be hot and dry across the whole country, and further to this farmers will start “slash and burn”, an agricultural practice used to burn the remaining leaves and plant life leftover from the harvest. Lao New Year – Boun Pi Mai Lao (the water festival) – falls in mid-April and is always a blast. Everyone’s welcome to join in the wet celebrations, but prepare to get soaked if you do!
May - September
Laos’s wet, or green, season; the rain brings the return of lush landscapes countrywide. It’s still hot and humid, especially in the south. Showers, while heavy, don’t last all day, so this remains a great time to travel, especially if you’d like to see Laos’ stunning scenery at its peak.
By October, the weather in Laos will start to turn itself around as the rains begin to ease off and the dry season approaches. The whole country is lovely at this time of year, and whilst there is still a small chance of showers and temperatures are a little lower than other months, it is still by no means cold with temperatures averaging 24-26°C.
The dry season’s back by November in Laos, which makes this a brilliant time to explore. The rains have passed, leaving astonishingly verdant rural areas, but rivers are still running high, making this an ideal month for boat trips. Expect pleasantly warm temperatures, except in the cooler Northern Highlands.
In December, the weather in Laos is excellent, with minimal rain and lots of sunshine. The temperatures across the country are generally at their lowest, and it can get quite chilly at night when at altitude or in the north, but otherwise it’s a very popular month for travel.
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Meet the Laos experts
Becky joined the Experience Travel Group team in July 2012, but was an explorer from a young age, thanks to her globe-trotting parents. Southeast Asia was where her young journeys began and later, combining her passion for history with travel, she delved into the culture, religions and traditions of Asia and the Middle East. Becky also spent a year studying at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, as part of her History degree.
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Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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James didn’t leave Europe until he was 19, first venturing to California for three months and then four months in South America. But it was his first trip to South East Asia, travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok overland, which really captured his imagination. A few years later he embarked on an epic eight-month tour of India which saw him, among other things, working in the holy city of Varanasi and volunteering in a rural development commune in southern Kerala. James has since been back to India over ten times, and travelled to Malaysia and Borneo, becoming obsessed with the street food of Penang in the process. More recently he's been to Bali and Lombok where he particularly enjoyed climbing Mount Rinjani, Sri Lanka where he fell in love with the Mudhouse and back to off-the-beaten track Sikkim in India.
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