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The best time to visit Laos

What is the best time to visit Laos? Our destination experts share their inputs. 

Laos is a peaceful inland nation and is one of Southeast Asia’s hidden gems. The stunning natural beauty of forested mountains and valleys teeming with wildlife combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture make Laos a superb destination for those seeking an adventurous and authentic cultural experience.

Laos has varied climatic conditions in different regions of the country. However, the climate is hot and tropical in most parts of the country. During the hottest season between March and May, temperatures can reach over 30°C, so at this time Laos travel is only recommended for a limited area. In the dry season of December and January, it can be quite cool with temperatures below 15°C. The tropical monsoon or the rainy season is between May and November.

In Laos, there are three different seasons and all have their advantages and disadvantages. The best time to travel for Laos is the cooler season between November and February.

Best travel time for Laos:

  • High season (October – November, February – March): This is the dry season, it will be warm to hot so carry light clothes, cotton and linen, with a light jacket for mild evenings. A good sunscreen (SPF 30+) and sunglasses are also essential.
  • Shoulder season (April – May): These are hot and humid months, so do carry light clothes and sun protection same as above.
  • Low season (June – September): It’s the rainy season so carry rain gear including an umbrella, a jacket and
    light-weight shoes.
  • Not recommended (December – January): Temperatures dip to between 15º and 20º C so pack a warm jacket, and some light sweaters or layers, and a light woolen cap if you’d like additional protection.

Due to the variations in temperature from region to region, one region may experience scorching heat while another experiences cold weather, so please check with your Travel Consultant if you have any doubts.

As an individual travel provider, we will be glad to advise you on your Laos trip. Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.

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