Laos: Weather & when to go: May

May overview

For tourists that want to experience plenty of sunshine, May can be a good time to visit even though parts of it will fall into the wet season. Temperatures will typically average a pleasant 28°C in popular tourist destinations such as Vientiane or Luan Prabang – but they can easily exceed 32-34°C in the far south. Please also note that a ‘slash and burn’ farming approach takes place during this time and will affect air quality in some areas. Although rainfall will be unavoidable across the country, most showers will be short in duration and it is perfectly plausible to then enjoy clear skies for the remainder of the day. However, the southern regions will normally encounter lengthier rainfall events so packing appropriate clothing is strongly advised.