Laos weather & when to go: May

May overview

In certain years early and mid-May can remain relatively dry, however by the latter part of the month the wet season is all but guaranteed to be under way across Laos, especially in the northern provinces around Phongsali. 

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Not Advised

Annual overview

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May's weather in detail

Whilst rain can be expected throughout Laos during May, it is typically intense and short lived and quickly replaced by blue skies and sunshine, although longer downpours are generally experienced in the south of the country.

Temperatures remain high, with Luang Prabang and Vientiane experiencing average temperatures of 28°C, whilst further south in Pakse and the 4000 Islands highs of 35°C are the norm. 

Avoid the short, heavy showers and you will find that May is still a great month of the year to visit Laos as plenty of sunshine can still be expected and visitor numbers are lower than previous months. 

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 Boun Bang Fai

The Rocket Festival! Rockets are fired into the air to encourage the much required rains. The exact date of the festival will vary from one village to the next.

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