Laos is said to bring tourists the all-year-round excitement. However, the degree of excitement is greatly boosted if you travel with a good understanding about the best time to visit Laos. It’s revealed that Laos has the two obvious weather seasons: the dry season (from October to late April) and the wet season (from May to late September). At different season, there stand the temperature variations that give the land a certain advantage.
The Dry Season in Laos
Before stating what generally happens during the dry season of Laos, we would like to point out the special points of the weather temperature here. Know that the Northern, Central, and Eastern areas have the higher altitude in compared to the South where the Mekong River features the lowest altitude. This terrace results in the fact that the humidity at Mekong River in the South is higher while its temperature is over 35°C. March and April are reported as the hottest times of the year. If you plan to explore Laos during this season, let us draw your mind to the green destination of Bolaven Plateau, Si Phan Don (the 4000 Islands), Champasak and around.
The Wet Season in Laos
The early phases of the wet season (from May to July) are still very hot because the rainfall is limited. But later (late July – September), the constant rains appear and become heavier. The raining degree is highest at the southern regions of the land. Particularly, the rainfall in Luang Prabang is likely to be lighter. Therefore, if you stay at the further north, be open to expect the rain during the days and nights. About the average temperatures across Laos at the times of rainy season, the lowlands have the daytime temperatures of around 29°C while the mountain valleys are in 23°C. Since Luang Prabang is bordered by jungle and is crossed by the Mekong River flow, it has the typical tropical-monsoon weather during the wet season – the best time to go see Luang Prabang.
The coldest months are December and January, when the early morning and night can be quite chilly with the average temperature of 17°C. So if you land at Laos during these months, make sure you bring the warm-keeping clothes. What’s more, bear in mind that August and September are filled with the prolonged rainfall. Coming to Laos during the wet season, you get many benefits of lower hotel costs, small degree of crowd, and good sky conditions. The blue clear sky will much please you from the very first sight while the acceptable levels of water at Mekong River make up the eye-catching background for sightseeing, resting, and photographing.
Remarkable Festivals in Laos
- In January or February, there stand two special events for you all to join, including Wat Phou Festival in Champasak and the Hongsa Elephant Festival in Sayaboury Province.
- In 22nd March, you’re inspired to experience the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Day.
- From 13th to 18th April is the time when Laos New Year (Bun Pi Mai) is celebrated.
- In May or June, the Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) is held.
- In July, the Boun Khao Pansa, an event for Buddhist welcomes you.
- 12th October is the Independence Day of Laos.
- 2nd December is the Laos National Day.
Hope that given tips will help you to find out your own best time to visit Laos !
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