Rainy Season in Laos: Best Places You Should Go

Laos is very beautiful and poetic in the rainy season as you can see Lao’s nature at its best with mighty waterfalls and beautiful green fields and jungles. Other advantages of the rainy season compared to the dry season are the accommodation fee is lower and the attractions won’t be too crowded with tourists. Below are some of the best things to do and places to visit in Laos in rainy season.

When Is The Rainy Season in Laos?

Laos Weather

Laos Weather

The rainy season in Laos (or the wet season) starts from May to mid-October. During the early weeks of the season, the weather remains hot and humid. Rainfall is sporadic, occurring mainly at night and in the early morning. However, as the season progresses, usually in July, the landscape becomes lush and vibrant, and waterfalls regain their full flow. By August and September, the wet season reaches its peak, with heavier and more frequent downpours.

In October, the rain starts to wind down, and the weather becomes significantly drier. This month offers milder temperatures and flourishing landscapes. It can be an excellent time to visit Laos before the tourist rush, as the weather is more pleasant, and you can still enjoy the lush scenery.

Keep in mind that weather patterns can vary from year to year, so it’s always a good idea to check the local weather forecast and be prepared for possible changes in conditions.

Places to Visit in Laos in Rainy Season

During the rainy season in Laos, which typically runs from May to October, there are several attractions and activities that you can enjoy. While some areas may experience occasional heavy rainfall, there are still plenty of opportunities to explore and appreciate the country’s natural and cultural wonders.

Kuang Si Waterfalls

Kuang Si Falls

Kuang Si Falls

Kuang Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang is a must-visit attraction during the wet season in Laos. The increased rainfall during this time enhances the beauty of the waterfalls, making them even more magnificent. One of the highlights is the opportunity to swim in the natural pools, the cool and refreshing water provides a perfect respite from the tropical heat. There are several tiers of waterfalls, each offering different pools for swimming and relaxing. Additionally, hiking enthusiasts can take advantage of the trails in the area to explore the surrounding natural beauty. The trails offer scenic views and allow you to immerse yourself in the lush green surroundings.

Visiting Kuang Si Waterfalls during the rainy season provides a unique and captivating experience, as you can witness the full force and beauty of the cascading waters. But remember to check the local weather conditions and be prepared for possible slippery surfaces along the trails due to the increased water flow.

Bolaven Plateau

Bolaven Plateau

Bolaven Plateau

Visiting the Bolaven Plateau during the rainy season in Laos allows you to witness the region’s natural beauty at its peak. The rainy season adds a dramatic touch to the waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau. Tad Fane and Tad Yuang are two of the most famous waterfalls in the area, and their cascades become even more powerful and awe-inspiring during the rainy season. The rainfall nourishes the fertile soil, resulting in lush vegetation, vibrant foliage, and blooming flowers. The entire region becomes a feast for the eyes, with rolling hills, coffee plantations, and dense forests displaying their full splendor.

>>> To those who may not know, Kuang Si Falls and Bolaven Plateau are two of the must-visit destinations for adventure lovers in Laos. And, it will be a big mistake if you go on Laos adventure tours without discovering these places.

Cultural Sites in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is renowned for its well-preserved Buddhist temples, and exploring them during the rainy season adds a tranquil and serene ambiance. Wat Xieng Thong, with its stunning architecture and intricate details, is a must-visit. Wat Mai, known for its golden bas-relief panels, is also worth exploring. Take your time to appreciate these Laos ancient temples with their beautiful craftsmanship and spiritual significance. During the wet season, you can observe the morning almsgiving ceremony daily where monks walk along the streets collecting offerings from devout locals. Get up early and respectfully observe this sacred tradition, taking care to follow local customs and guidelines.

Alms Giving Ceremony

Alms Giving Ceremony

The night market in Luang Prabang is a vibrant hub of local crafts, textiles, artwork, and souvenirs. Despite the rainy season, the night market continues to open, offering a delightful shopping experience. Explore the stalls, interact with friendly vendors, and find unique Lao handicrafts to take back home as mementos. And don’t miss the opportunity to savor the delicious Lao cuisine while in Luang Prabang. The wet season brings an abundance of fresh produce, making it an ideal time to indulge in the flavors of Lao cuisine.

Plain of Jars

Exploring the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos during the rainy season can add a sense of adventure and mystery to your journey. Despite the rain, you can still visit and appreciate these fascinating archaeological sites. Wander through the fields and witness the clusters of stone jars, some standing upright, while others lay broken or toppled over. Marvel at the sheer size and number of these jars and contemplate their purpose and significance, which still remains a subject of debate and speculation among archaeologists and historians.

Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars

While exploring the Plain of Jars, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and traditions. Interact with the local communities living in the vicinity and gain insights into their beliefs and folklore associated with the jars. The wet season may provide an opportunity to witness traditional rituals or celebrations related to the jars, adding an extra layer of cultural immersion to your visit. Take in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes as they come alive with blooming flowers, lush vegetation, and flowing streams.

Vang Vieng

Despite the heavy rainfall during the rainy season in Laos, Vang Vieng remains a picturesque destination with its stunning natural landscapes and outdoor activities. The limestone karsts that surround Vang Vieng create a dramatic and scenic backdrop. These towering rock formations covered in lush greenery offer a beautiful contrast against the cloudy skies. Despite the wet season, you can still enjoy water activities such as tubing and kayaking on the Nam Song River. Glide along the gentle currents of the river, passing by breathtaking scenery and enjoying the refreshing waters. Just ensure to follow safety guidelines and check with local operators for any restrictions due to weather conditions.

Kayaking in Vang Vieng

Kayaking in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is also home to several caves waiting to be explored. Tham Chang Cave is a popular choice, known for its stunning stalactite formations and a panoramic view from its entrance. Tham Phu Kham Cave is another option, featuring a beautiful blue lagoon inside. Vang Vieng’s surroundings are ideal for nature walks and hikes. Explore the scenic trails that lead to viewpoints and hidden gems, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the wet season landscapes. Or, you can visit local villages, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their traditional way of life. Explore Buddhist temples, such as Wat Kang and Wat Si Sou Mang, to gain insights into the local religious and spiritual practices.

Festivals during Rainy Season in Laos

The wet season in Laos brings several vibrant and festive celebrations. Here are some of the main festivals that take place during this time.

Lao Rocket Festival

Held in May, June, and July, the Lao Rocket Festival, also known as Boun Bang Fai, is a lively event celebrated to usher in the rainy season and ensure a bountiful harvest. During this festival, large homemade rockets are launched into the sky to encourage the rain gods to bring abundant rainfall. It’s a colorful and energetic event featuring parades, traditional music and dance performances, and friendly rocket competitions.

Laos Rocket Festival

Laos Rocket Festival

Boun Ok Phansa’s Lai Heau Fai (Festival of Lights)

Taking place in October, this festival marks the end of the Buddhist Lent and the rainy season in Laos. Lai Heau Fai, or the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with beautifully illuminated processions of floats and boats adorned with candles and lanterns. The festival is particularly prominent in Luang Prabang, where locals and visitors alike release handmade banana-leaf boats with candles onto the Mekong River, creating a mesmerizing sight.

Boun Ok Phansa Lai Heua Fai (Festival of Lights)

Boun Ok Phansa Lai Heau Fai (Festival of Lights)

Boat Racing Festival

Another popular festival in Laos, the Boat Racing Festival, is held in October, usually after the Boun Ok Phansa celebrations. It is a thrilling event where long, narrow boats with up to 50 rowers compete in races along the rivers. The festival showcases the strength and teamwork of the rowers and attracts large crowds who cheer and supports their favorite teams. It’s a festive atmosphere filled with music, food stalls, and traditional performances.

Laos Boat Racing Festival

Laos Boat Racing Festival

Visiting Laos in rainy season can be an enjoyable experience as long as you keep updated with the local weather forecast and are flexible enough to change your course if things not going as you planned. If you are planning a trip to Laos, don’t hesitate and contact us to help prepare your own ideal trip. Don’t forget to read our travel guide and tips here for the best preparation.

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Hello, my name is Khanh, I'm a travel blogger at IDC Travel. After my adventures and what I've learned on my trips and from my research, I will help you with planning your trip to Vietnam & Southeast Asia and make your journey remarkable.

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  1. When is the best time to visit Kuang Si Falls? I’m planning to visit Laos in February 2024. Is the weather favorable?

    1. Hi Edwards,
      To admire the magnificent beauty of Kuang Si Falls, it is best to visit between December and May, a few months after the rain has ceased.
      Also, February is a good time to visit Laos and best for outdoor activities. It is the dry season which is sunny during the daytime and mild at night. You can visit Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse, and 4000 Islands.
      Need help on planning your Laos trip, you can contact us right here or ping us on WhatsApp at (+84)913 000 858.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Best regars,
      Alice Pham.

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