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Climate in Laos
Laos has a tropical climate, with year-round high temperatures and two distinct seasons. The wet season runs from May to October, and the dry season lasts from November to April. During the wet season, the topography of mountainous Laos means there is the risk of landslides. Temperatures are lower during the wet season, averaging 73°F (23°C), with August being the wettest month. The dry season has two distinct periods: the cool dry period from November to February and the hot dry season from March to April. Dry season temperatures average at 82°F (28°C), and the hottest month is April. Between March and May, Laos experiences a very hot season, with day-time temperatures reaching 104°F (40°C).
The best time to visit Laos is between November and March, when it is dry and temperatures are pleasant. However, this is high tourist season and accommodation prices may be higher than they are at other times of the year. For visitors travelling on a budget, it may actually be better to brave the wet season.