Hi heading Sotheast Asia starting January 2010 and taking in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Has anyone got advice for travelling in Cambodia and Loas in the months of March and April as heard very hot and that in Laos theres lots of fires set by farmers?
#1 RACHYPF has been a member since 13/11/2009. Posts: 42
Yes it will be very very hot and both northern Thailand will be quite smoky/hazy from the fires the farmers light. Not much you can do about it though, but if you're starting in Jan, perhaps do northern Thailand and Laos first to miss the worst of the burn.
MANY THANKS FOR THAT X
#3 RACHYPF has been a member since 13/11/2009. Posts: 42
Would you suggest not visiting Laos during this time or is it stil worth going?
#4 RACHYPF has been a member since 13/11/2009. Posts: 42
Well, difficult to answer -- it depends on how much the smoke bothers you -- a couple of years back it was very bad and a lot of people complained about sore eyes etc.
WHAT ABOUT LAOS IN MID FEBRUARY? AND CAMBODIA IN MARCH, THINK MIGHT BE BETTER TO DO LAOS FIRST AND MISS THE SMOKE BUT GET THE HOT WEATHER IN CAMBODIA?
ALSO ANY THOUGHTS ON FLIGHTS FORM LUANG PRABANG TO HANOI, HEARD RUMOURS ABOUT THE DODGY LAOS AIRLINES WEBSITE IS IT BEST TO BOOK THERE THROUGH AN AGENT IN LUNAG?
MANY THANKS X
#6 RACHYPF has been a member since 13/11/2009. Posts: 42
Hi: You're probably already on the road, but I'll post this anyway. We were in Luang Prabang in late March of 2009. There was a little smoke, but not bad. Madame (my life & travel partner) is quite sensitive to that sort of thing, and she wasn't really bothered by it.
We saw smoke from three or four fires when we went up the Mekong to the Tam Ting (Pak Ou) caves, but the air was rather still and the smoke just drifted up. One night whilst there, a crashing rain storm came, which cleared things up, of course.
what about May and June??
#9 emma066 has been a member since 21/10/2009. Posts: 60
The frequency of rain is picking up by May. Average rainfall for March is about 1.2" or 30mm. By May this is 147mm and for June about 258mm (about 10"). You can see monthly weather averages for Luang Prabang (and elsewhere in Lao) at Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com). Average temperatures tend to be highest in March, April and May; average rainfall highest in June, July and August.