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.
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.
A two-week journey through Laos’ laid-back cities and rural landscapes, exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage, meeting the friendly locals and going on an adventure or two.