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Laos Weather in October 2024

By Mike HoUpdated Mar. 15, 2023

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

Laos Weather in October: Overview

  • Temperature range: 23–31°C (73–87°F)
  • Rainfall: 110 mm (4 inches)
  • Rainy days: 9
  • Sunny days: 22

October sees the beginning of the dry season in Laos early in the month. The weather is generally dry and sunny. Laos' temperature is comfortable for travel, with an average temperature range of 23°C to 31°C for the country. There is little moderate to low rainfall during October, which makes it a good time to explore Laos' numerous national parks and attractions.

Laos Weather in October

Laos' Major Cities' Weather in October

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Luang Prabang 21 32 100
Vientiane 23 31 97
Vang Vieng 21 29 135
Pakse 23 32 140

Luang Prabang: The weather in Luang Prabang in October is dry and sunny. Nighttime temperatures are around 21°C (70°F), and the daytime temperature reaches 32°C (90°F) on average. Rainfall is expected on 8 days, amounting to 100 mm (4 inches).

Vientiane: You can expect lots of sunny and comfortable weather in Vientiane in October. Daily temperatures in Vientiane range from 23°C (73°F) to 31°C (88°F) on average. There are about 8 days of rain in this month totaling 97 mm (4 inches) of rainfall.

Vang Vieng: The weather in Vang Vieng is mostly dry and sunny in October. The nighttime temperature is around 21°C (69°F), and the daytime temperature can reach 29°C (83°F). There are about 10 days with moderate showers, bringing about 135 mm (5 inches) of rainfall.

Pakse: The weather in Pakse is hot during the daytime and warm at night in October. The lowest temperature at night is around 23°C (73°F), and the highest temperature can reach 32°C (89°F). Historically, rainfall in Pakse amounts to a medium-level 140 mm (6 inches), falling on 12 days on average.

The Best Places to Visit in Laos in October

Thanks to its comfortable temperatures and sunny weather, October is one of the best months of the year to visit Laos. You can visit all the outdoor attractions in most parts of the country in October, including temples, national parks, waterfalls, and more. Here are some of the recommended places to visit if you are going to Laos in October.

1. Wat Si Muang Temple, Vientiane

The capital of Laos, Vientiane, is not as busy and bustling as other capital cities, but Vientiane is a place that deserves your time and attention to see its rich array of historical and cultural relics. There are many gorgeous Buddhist temples, pagodas, and other historical sites waiting for you to explore. One of the places that you can't miss is Wat Si Muang Temple. It is a small Buddhist temple, but beautiful and full of local community life. You can see many local people coming to worship the Buddha in his various manifestations and to elicit blessings by offering candles and flowers.

2. The COPE Visitor Center, Vientiane

After visiting Wat Si Muang Temple, you could walk a few minutes to the COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) Visitor Center. The center is an important exhibition to educate people about the injuries and harm brought to people by landmines ad war. The COPE Center helps disabled people who were harmed by bombing in Laos by offering them free equipment or prosthesis. There you can learn more about the history of the Vietnam War through some short movies and historical documents in the exhibition rooms. It is free to enter the center, but it would be much appreciated if you were to donate some money to support their work.

3. MandaLao Elephant Conservation, Luang Prabang

MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary

Thanks to its warm temperatures and dry weather, October is a good time to visit the MandaLao Elephant Conservation in Luang Prabang. If you are traveling in a family group with kids, it can be a particularly enjoyable chance to interact with these lovely animals. A fun activity for kids is to run through the jungle in search of elephants in the wild. The sanctuary itself is a beautiful nature park where you can enjoy some of Laos' best tropical rainforest views. You can also bathe and feed the elephants with your kids. As the sanctuary is famed for its ethical way of caring for the elephants, elephant riding and other attractions that involve cruel training of the elephants are not offered there.

4. The Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang

The Kuang Si Waterfalls

If you are traveling during the hot days of October, you are recommended to visit the numerous waterfalls and caves in Laos. The Kuang Si Waterfalls is the most famous of Laos' cascades. Located south of Luang Prabang, you can easily take a tuk tuk to get there from the small city. Falling down from a steep hillside with over 60 vertical meters of cascades, the waterfall area is a popular place for tourists to avoid the summer heat. There are some beautiful hill villages around the falls where you can have a house visit and meet local farmers.

5. Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, Vang Vieng

As another of the popular tourist towns in Laos, Vang Vieng is rich in natural travel resources, including karst-mountain caves, mountain views and waterfalls, lakes and so on. Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon is a must visit attraction for adventure lovers coming to Laos. You have to walk a steep path to the cave interiors, which makes it an ideal route for hiking and trekking lovers. You will be amazed by the inside views of fantastic rock formations and ancient statues of Buddha in the cave. Outside the cave, Blue Lagoon is a good place to swim and enjoy water some fun in a natural setting.

Crowding and Costs in October

October is the beginning of the peak season for travel in Laos. More and more tourists from Laos and abroad come to visit Laos' top sights as the month draws on. You don't need to worry much about crowds in October though, as tourist numbers do not reach close to their peak. You wouldn't have to wait too long at the top visited attractions.

The cost of travel increases in October. Many branded hotels and tours increase their prices in this month, as the high season officially arrives. You'd better book your hotels and tours early if you are planning a trip in October.

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What to Bring/Wear in October

As the weather is hot during the daytime and warm at night, you'd better pack summer clothes in October, including t-shirts, shorts, light-trousers, caps, sunglasses, and so on. In order to cope with the cool nights, you may want to bring a light jacket and long trousers to put on in the evenings.

There are still some rainy days in October in Laos. It is advisable to bring a waterproof coat or an umbrella to keep you dry and comfortable on rainy days.

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