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When to go and weather

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High Season (Nov–Mar)

Pleasant temperatures in much of Laos, although cold in the mountains.
The best all-round time to visit.
Book accommodation in advance during the peak Christmas and New Year period.
Shoulder Season (Jul & Aug)

Wet in most parts of Laos with high humidity, but the landscapes are emerald green.
Popular time for European tourists to visit from Italy or Spain, plus backpacking students with a long summer break.
Low Season (Apr–Jun, Sep & Oct)

April and May brings the hot season to Laos when the thermostat hits 40°C and visitors wilt.
September and October can be very wet, but there are some incredible cloud formations to accompany the deluge.