The best times to visit Lai Chau for ideal weather are

February 26th to May 13th

or

October 8th to November 25th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Lai Chau Travel Info

Weather in Lai Chau

Temperature

Average temperatures in Lai Chau vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 59th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Lai Chau, the hottest months are June, May, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid May where highs are regularly around 76.9°F (24.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.8°F (18.2°C) at night.

Lai Chau Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Lai Chau Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Lai Chau Perceived Temperature (F)

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Lai Chau Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Lai Chau Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 52.1 46.6 42.1
Feb 59.5 53.1 47.3
Mar 67.2 60 53.8
Apr 69.8 63.2 57.9
May 74.2 68.2 63.2
Jun 73.3 68.4 64.1
Jul 72.2 67.2 63.5
Aug 72.7 67 63
Sep 69.8 64.6 60.9
Oct 65.5 59.9 55.9
Nov 61.6 56.4 52.3
Dec 53.3 47.8 43.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 11.2 8.1 5.6
Feb 15.3 11.7 8.5
Mar 19.6 15.6 12.1
Apr 21 17.3 14.4
May 23.4 20.1 17.3
Jun 22.9 20.2 17.8
Jul 22.3 19.6 17.5
Aug 22.6 19.4 17.2
Sep 21 18.1 16.1
Oct 18.6 15.5 13.3
Nov 16.4 13.6 11.3
Dec 11.8 8.8 6.5

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Lai Chau are February, January, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early September with an average of 6 days of significant precipitation the week of September 3rd.

When can you find snow in Lai Chau? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Lai Chau.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lai Chau (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 15% 0 3
Feb 15% 0 2.2
Mar 20% 0 2.4
Apr 42% 0 8
May 46% 0 10.5
Jun 58% 0 12.2
Jul 64% 0 17.5
Aug 52% 0 17.9
Sep 49% 0 10.9
Oct 26% 0 5.7
Nov 26% 0 4.3
Dec 21% 0 4.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 15 0 7.6
Feb 15 0 5.6
Mar 20 0 6.1
Apr 42 0 20.3
May 46 0 26.7
Jun 58 0 31
Jul 64 0 44.5
Aug 52 0 45.5
Sep 49 0 27.7
Oct 26 0 14.5
Nov 26 0 10.9
Dec 21 0 11.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Lai Chau has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (73.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (88.4%).

Wind in Lai Chau is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is February, followed by March and April. February’s average wind speed of around 5.2 knots (6 MPH or 9.6 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early February where average top sustained speeds reach 9.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lai Chau.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 3.1 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Feb 5.2 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Mar 5 Light breeze 7.7 Light breeze
Apr 4.5 Light breeze 7.4 Gentle breeze
May 4.3 Light breeze 6.8 Light breeze
Jun 4.1 Light breeze 6.3 Light breeze
Jul 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.5 Light breeze
Aug 2.7 Barely noticeable 4.7 Light breeze
Sep 1.9 Barely noticeable 4.4 Light breeze
Oct 1.3 Barely noticeable 3.4 Barely noticeable
Nov 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.5 Light breeze
Dec 3 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 82.7%
Feb 77.1%
Mar 73.4%
Apr 74.4%
May 75%
Jun 79.4%
Jul 85.6%
Aug 86.3%
Sep 88.4%
Oct 86.5%
Nov 86.5%
Dec 86.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Lai Chau?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Vietnam; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Lai Chau, Vietnam is October, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Lai Chau in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 57.2 in February means 57.2% of the tourists vs. October.

 

 

Overall Lai Chau Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 76.9°F (24.9°C) and 63.9°F (17.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 6 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 16 to 20 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Lai Chau, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 70.7°F (21.5°C) and 58.2°F (14.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 8 to 15 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Lai Chau to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 67.7°F (19.8°C) and 46.1°F (7.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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