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Laos in march or april?

Posted by georg066 on 22/10/2011 at 17:06

I am planning a 3 week trip to Laos. Unfortunately march and april is the only time I can get off work.

I read that the smoke in laos is really bad in march and april.
Quote travelfish: 'March to May in Laos -- yuck!'

Between march and april what is the best time to go to Laos?
Or would you advise to not go at all during that time?
Is it that bad?

I would be really thankful for hearing some experience!

Thanks in advance

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Posted by Rufus on 23/10/2011 at 08:50

March is hot. April is hotter, however Pi Mai does occur around the middle of April. From whom did you hear about the smoke? What areas were mentioned? There is no smoke in April and not much in March. The last few years have been fine.
You posted this on other sites as well. Your answers will always be the same.

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Posted by georg066 on 23/10/2011 at 16:08

Hi Rufus,

I am not too worried about hot weather. However I am bit worried about the smoke.

The travelfish weather page and a lot of guide books complain about smoke during that time. See

I think its supposed to be mainly in northern Laos. But I am not totally sure.

But It's nice to hear that you didnt have any problems. Thanks for your response

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 23/10/2011 at 17:38

I refered you to a bunch of my posts on Thorn Tree but here's the lowdown anyway. Burning of farmlands and hills in the far north hilly region to prepare for planting takes place in January-March and it can get uncomfortable in March when the heat also maxes out. It depends a lot on wrong place wrong time if a big burn is underway closeby, so it can just be a little hazy or downright choking depending on where you are at the time. April can be statistically hotter but it usually brings the first decent rains of the year which clear the air significantly. So on that basis (and because of the festival mid-month) I would recommend April instead of March. It will be hot but hopefully will rain a bit too and cool/clear the air (or you just throw water on each other for Pi Mai).

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