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Laos Weather in March 2024

Laos Weather in March 2024

By Mike HoUpdated Oct. 20, 2023

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

Laos Weather in March: Overview

Laos Weather in March
  • Temperature range: 22–35°C (71–95°F)
  • Rainfall: 35 mm (1½ inches)
  • Rainy days: 4
  • Sunny days: 25

March is in the hot tail end of the Laos dry season. The weather gets hotter as the month goes on with an average temperature range of 22°C to 35°C. Although temperatures often reach over 35°C, humidity remains at comfortable levels. Rainfall is low in March. It is better to arrange outside activities for the mornings, as it usually gets uncomfortably hot after 11pm.

Laos' Major Cities' Weather in March

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Luang Prabang 18 34 47
Vientiane 22 33 41
Vang Vieng 18 34 48
Pakse 24 35 20

Luang Prabang: The weather is hot in March in Luang Prabang with the average daily high at 34°C (93°F), but nighttime temperatures are still warm/mild falling to around 18°C (64°F). Rainfall is expected for 5 days, averaging 47 mm (2 in).

Vientiane: It is hot during the daytime and warm at night in Vientiane in March. The temperature typically ranges from 22°C (71°F) to 33°C (91°F). Rainfall is low at about 41 mm (1½ in), which falls on about 4 days in March.

Vang Vieng: The weather of Vang Vieng is quite hot in March. The lowest daily temperature is around 18°C (64°F), and the highest temperature reaches 34°C (93°F) on average. There are about 4 days of rain amounting to about 48 mm (2 in).

Pakse: Pakse's weather is warm at night and hot during the daytime in March. Daily lowest temperatures are around 24°C (75°F), and the highest temperatures get up to around 35°C (95°F). Precipitation in Pakse in March is only 20 mm (1 in) on average, spread over 1 or 2 rainy days.

The Best Places to Visit in Laos in March

March is a dry season month in Laos. The weather in most parts of the country gets hotter, while nights stay warm/mild. The best temperatures for outdoor touring are before 11am and after 6pm, when twilight begins, so it is best to get up early and make the best of the mornings in March. Here are some of the recommended places that are best-suited to visit if you are going to Laos in March.

1. Patuxai Park, Vientiane

Patuxai Park

As the country's main entrance city and the capital of Laos, there are so many places of interest to see in Vientiane. One of the best-known attractions is Patuxai Park, located at the heart of the capital. There you can walk along its serpentine paths to enjoy free time in beautiful gardens. Take some photos at the famous Patuxai War Monument colossus in the center of the park. The monument was built in honor of all the people who fought for Laos's independence. Offering shade, fountains, points of interest, and relaxation, Patuxai Park is a great place to spend an afternoon in March to enjoy Laos' tropical warmth and sunshine.

2. Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

Buddhism plays an important role in Laos' culture and history. If you are interested in Siamese-style Buddhist architecture, then Wat Si Kaket temple would be a good place for you to visit. It was built in 1818 under the orders of King Anouvong (Setthathirath V), which makes it one of the oldest temples in Laos. There are more than 10,000 Buddha statues and pictures in the temple grounds, which were set along the inner walls of the impressive arcade or cloister. Like other temples in Laos, Wat Si Saket is made up of several buildings scattering around a park. Most of the buildings have five-tiered roofs decorated with Naga (half-snake half-man beings in Buddhist mythology), serpent, and bird finials. It is a popular destination for photographers who are interested in the culture of Laos. The whole complex is set among tropical green trees, whose shade allows you to feel comfortable in the hot March weather.

3. MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary, Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary

If you have visited enough of the numerous temples in Laos, then the next most popular thing is to explore the natural wonders of Laos. MandaLao Elephant Conservation is a good place to interact with Laos' lovely elephants. Located on a bank of the river Nam Khan, the sanctuary itself is a beautiful nature reserve where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Laos. Enjoy walking through the rainforest as you search for the elephants... While bathing and feeding the elephants, you can learn more about them. The sanctuary is famed for its ethical way of caring for its elephants. So, along with other cruel and exploitative practices, elephant riding is not allowed there.

4. Luang Prabang Night Market

 Mekong Riverside Park, Vientiane

No matter when you visit Luang Prabang, the night market is a good place to meet local people and experience local life in Laos. Meanwhile, evening is a good time for more-pleasant temperatures in March. There, you can try the delicious local food, buy souvenirs, r just enjoy browsing the local wares. It is the place to go for traditional handicrafts, clothing, toys, and artifacts to bring home for your family and friends. Everyone seems to like the food there. You can try all kinds of local street food, Western food, desserts, and numerous BBQ snacks. The night market opens from 5pm to 11pm each evening, so you can choose a time to visit that suits you.

5. Tham Chang Cave, Vang Vieng

One of the major tourist destinations in Laos, Vang Vieng offers great outdoor activities for travelers. One of them is exploring its beautiful cave. Located by the Nam Song River, Tham Chang Cave was used as a military hideaway during the war in the 19th century. Many hiking and trekking lovers choose this cave as an adventurous destination. You have to walk up steep climbs to journey into its hidden interior. Meanwhile, on the top of the mountain surrounding the cave, you can take in amazing natural views of Vang Vieng.

Crowding and Costs in March

With its dry weather and not-too-hot temperatures (away from midday), March is still within the peak travel season in Laos. You can see lots of tourists at major attractions, but you won't have to wait a long time to enter. From the latter half of the month, there will be fewer tourists in Laos, as the humidity and heat builds towards the wet season.

You can expect high season prices for tours, hotels, and flights in March. But you can still get some deals by booking branded hotels as early as possible. Research early to choose the best times to come and places to stay, and book well in advance for the best value for money. Contact us — we can do all the research and booking for your ideal trip.

What to Bring/Wear in March

During March it gets hotter during the day while remaining warm/mild at night. So, pack summer clothes — shorts, T-shirt, light trousers, sunglasses, light shirts... — with some light trousers, long-sleeve tops, and a light jacket to change into according to the temperature shift at night.

In dry March, rainfall is only occasional. An umbrella or a raincoat is generally not needed, as you're unlikely to see the expected 2–4 rainy days.

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