Flag of Laos

Laos forum

north thailand / laos in august

  • ricee

    Joined Travelfish
    17th May, 2011
    Posts: 1

    Hi,
    im going to be travelling north thailand and laos in august for 5 weeks (first week sept), planing to spend 2/3 weeks north thailand the cross border and take slow boat to LP n work through laos for another couple weeks. have read lots about the boat and border crossings, places to go etc but haven't found a lot of info regarding doing it in the wettest month of the year. has anyone done this kind of trip in august, how hard/easy is it and is it a good idea?? i have already been to Vietnam and Cambodia so was hoping to see somewhere different and august is the only time i can go.. is it worth it? thanks in advance for any advice. Cheers

    #1 Posted: 17/5/2011 - 23:02

  • Advertisement

  • Captain_Bob

    Click here to learn more about Captain_Bob
    Joined Travelfish
    27th May, 2006
    Location Thailand
    Posts: 1645

    "Wettest" month might be August or July or September or October. That's the general wet season but with the world's freaky weather lately who knows when the heavier rains will come? I've lived in Chiang Mai 7 years and traveled north Laos by bus/boat/motorbike during pretty much every season. It's been unusually wet this year after being unusually dry last year. Record floods along the Mekong a couple years ago then a month later the river dropped dramatically and Feb record low levels with slow boat service stopped about a month. Not just rain but Chinese dams upstream can affect the Mekong too.

    Bottom line even in wet season as long as you stay with sealed roads and main routes rains don't usually affect travel too much except for the occasional extreme downpour. Landslides triggered by heavy rain sometimes block northern Laos roads for a day then your bus ride might be seriously delayed, but it's statistically not too likely. But good anyway to allow extra time for these odd occurences and put your watch on "Laos Time" (slow). Don't forget sunscreen too because when the rain stops it can still get hot.

    #2 Posted: 18/5/2011 - 01:03

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6376
    Total reviews: 10

    Captain Bob sums it up. It will probably rain a lot, but there will also be plenty of sunshine as well. Unless a cyclone comes in front Vietnam, then it can rain for days on end (Once I had five continuous days of hard rain - it sucked). But that's not too common. More likely you'll get wet, and spend a little more time in doors reading book than if you came in February.

    #3 Posted: 18/5/2011 - 02:15

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.

Possibly related discussions Replies  Views  Latest reply
Weather in Laos / north of Vietnam July / August & beaches in the north of Vietnam ... By stefanovic on 19 Dec 2006 1 6886 20 Dec 2006