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Laos weather & when to go: January

January overview

The dry season continues during the month of January, promising premium travelling conditions throughout Laos and minimal rainfall expected across the country. 

Average temperatures are a comfortable 24°C in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, whilst in Pakse and the southern regions it’s slightly warmer and highs of 30°C are not uncommon at this time. If you plan to travel to the higher altitude regions in the north and east of the country, or are stopping in Pakbeng on a cruise along the Mekong River, cooler temperatures (avg temp: 15°C) should be expected, especially at night. In Phongsali, for example, temperatures can dip to as low as 5°C and suitable warm clothing is recommended.    

Essentially, sunny dry days and low rainfall make January an excellent time of year to visit Laos. 

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

Wat Phou Festival

Wat Phou Festival

January or February. Unique festival and the Angkor-era temple of Wat Phou, Champasak. (10th February 2017)