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Laos Weather in August 2024

Laos Weather in August 2024

By Mike HoUpdated Oct. 23, 2023

Are you planning a trip to Laos in August? Read on to learn more about August weather in Laos, clothes to wear for the weather, and best places to visit in August in Laos.

Laos Weather in August: Overview

Laos Weather in August
  • Temperature range: 25–31°C (77–87°F)
  • Rainfall: 440 mm (17 inches)
  • Rainy days: 25
  • Sunny days: 6

August is the wettest month of the year in most areas of Laos; elsewhere it's the second wettest. You can expect hot and humid weather in August. The average temperature in August in Laos ranges from 25°C to 31°C. You can expect heavy rains in showers and intense downpours on most days of August.

Laos' Major Cities' Weather in August

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC) Rainfall (mm)
Luang Prabang 25 32 290
Vientiane 25 31 330
Vang Vieng 22 31 660
Pakse 24 31 500

Luang Prabang: The weather in August is hot and humid in Luang Prabang. The nighttime temperature falls to about 25°C (77°F), and the average maximum temperature is 32°C (89°F), though this is cooled by the rains. Rainfall is expected on 19 days, totaling 290 mm (12 inches).

Vientiane: It is hot and humid in Vientiane in August. Temperatures in Vientiane range from 25°C (77°F) to 31°C (88°F) on average. There are about 22 days with rain in August with a very high total of about 330 mm (13 inches) expected.

Vang Vieng: Vang Vieng is not quite as hot as elsewhere in Laos in August, due to the huge rainfall in this higher-altitude location. The average low temperature is around 22°C (71°F), and the average high temperature is 31°C (88°F). There are about 25 days with rainfall, amounting to a colossal average of 660 mm (26 inches).

Pakse: The weather in Pakse is generally hot during the daytime, reaching around 31°C (87°F). The low temperature at night is a warm 24°C (75°F) on average. Precipitation in Pakse is torrential in August at around 500 mm (20 inches). You can expect 28 days with rain in this month.

The Best Places to Visit in Laos in August

August is the wettest month of the year in much of Laos. Heavy rains and intense downpours usually happen in the afternoon and don't last long. You can see the most impressive waterfalls during this month as there is abundant water. Here are some of the recommended places to visit if you go to Laos in August.

1. Mekong Riverside Park, Vientiane

 Mekong Riverside Park, Vientiane

If Vientiane is your first destination in Laos, then Mekong Riverside Park is a good place to relax and get a representative first impression of Laos. There, you can walk along the Mekong River and meet some local fishermen. You can also relax and drink some coffee. The Mekong riverside under a sunset is a beautiful setting for photography. And after dusk, you can walk around the busy night markets on both riverbanks. You could buy some local artifacts, Buddhist statues, sunglasses, or Laos t-shirts to bring home as Laos' souvenirs.

2. Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang

Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang

August is a good time to explore Laos' numerous natural attractions (if you avoid the cloudbursts). Mount Phousi is one you can't miss in Luang Prabang. As the highest point around Luang Prabang, you can get a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape and Mekong River from the top. The sunset seen from the Mount Phousi is so beautiful that it attracts crowds of photographers. If you want to get a good spot, remember to go early in the afternoon. To climb up the mountain, you have to walk up only 355 well-paved steps, zigzagging up to the summit. It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes.

3. MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary

August is a good time to visit MandaLao Elephant Conservation in Luang Prabang, especially with kids. It is a good chance to interact with these lovely animals. Located on the banks of the river Nam Khan, the sanctuary itself is a beautiful nature park where you can stroll through the jungle in search of the elephants. You can bath and feed the elephants with your kids — all are allowed to participate. The sanctuary is famed for its ethical way of caring for the elephants. So, elephant riding, for example, is not allowed there.

4. Tham Nam Water Cave, Vang Vieng

Tham Nam Water Cave is a good place to go to avoid the summer heat of August and to explore Vang Vieng's famous underwater caves. The 500-meter-long underground boat ride can be an interesting adventure, as you glide across patches of pristine water and check out dark corners with your headlamp. The rain in August makes it an easy floating cruise. You would have to walk to explore the cave in dry season.

5. Buddha Park, Vientiane

Buddha Park, Vientiane

Buddha Park is always a place you shouldn't miss when leaving from Vientiane to your next Asian destination or going home. It is worth taking 3–4 hours to explore and see its more-than-200 religious statues scattered around the park. There you can climb up a giant pumpkin-shaped building, which is about 10 meters (33 feet) high, to get a view of its record-breaking largest Buddha sculpture. Besides the Buddha sculptures, there are beautiful gardens throughout the park where you can walk around peacefully or sit down and rest.

Crowding and Costs in August

Due to its humid and hot weather, few tourists choose August to visit Laos. So, you could enjoy more space and freedom when visiting Lao's top attractions. Heavy rains wash everything clean and fresh, which makes it a good time to explore its numerous natural highlights (in between downpours).

August is a good time to get the largest discounts on hotels and tour prices. Many branded hotels offer discounts for early-booking customers. So, August is also a good time to save some money or spend more days in Laos. Please contact us for August tour deals in Laos — we can do all the research and booking for your ideal trip.

What to Bring/Wear in August

It is quite hot and humid in August. Pack summer clothes and anything than can keep you cool and dry, such as t-shirts, shorts, light trousers, sun hats, sunglasses, and so on.

There are rainy hours almost every day in August in Laos. You are recommended to bring lightweight waterproof coats, waterproofed/quick-drying shoes, umbrellas, or anything that would keep you dry and comfortable.

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