The best times to visit Luang Namtha for ideal weather are

October 29th to April 1st

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

 

 


Other Luang Namtha Travel Info

Weather in Luang Namtha

Temperature

Average temperatures in Luang Namtha vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 32nd 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 Luang Namtha, the hottest months are May, June, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 92.8°F (33.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.1°F (21.7°C) at night.

Luang Namtha Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Luang Namtha 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.

Luang Namtha Perceived Temperature (F)

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Luang Namtha Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Luang Namtha 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 78.2 65.7 52.6
Feb 85 69.5 52
Mar 87.6 73.4 56.2
Apr 90.6 79.4 64.1
May 89.9 81.8 69.6
Jun 87.7 81.4 72.1
Jul 86 80.4 72.3
Aug 86.6 80.2 71.7
Sep 87.1 79.9 70.9
Oct 85.1 77 67.1
Nov 81.8 72.2 60.8
Dec 77.6 66.8 55.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.7 18.7 11.4
Feb 29.4 20.8 11.1
Mar 30.9 23 13.4
Apr 32.6 26.3 17.8
May 32.2 27.7 20.9
Jun 30.9 27.4 22.3
Jul 30 26.9 22.4
Aug 30.3 26.8 22.1
Sep 30.6 26.6 21.6
Oct 29.5 25 19.5
Nov 27.7 22.3 16
Dec 25.3 19.3 13.2

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Luang Namtha are February, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.

When can you find snow in Luang Namtha? 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 Luang Namtha.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Luang Namtha (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 5% 0 1
Feb 2% 0 0.5
Mar 8% 0 1.6
Apr 26% 0 4.2
May 40% 0 7.3
Jun 43% 0 7.1
Jul 56% 0 11.4
Aug 54% 0 11.1
Sep 39% 0 7.3
Oct 21% 0 2.9
Nov 13% 0 2.1
Dec 7% 0 1.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 5 0 2.5
Feb 2 0 1.3
Mar 8 0 4.1
Apr 26 0 10.7
May 40 0 18.5
Jun 43 0 18
Jul 56 0 29
Aug 54 0 28.2
Sep 39 0 18.5
Oct 21 0 7.4
Nov 13 0 5.3
Dec 7 0 3.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Luang Namtha has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (61.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (80.5%).

Wind in Luang Namtha is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is February, followed by June and April. February’s average wind speed of around 2.9 knots (3.4 MPH or 5.4 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 8.2 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Luang Namtha.

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Wind

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

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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 2.3 Barely noticeable 4.9 Light breeze
Feb 2.9 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze
Mar 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Apr 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.4 Light breeze
May 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.1 Light breeze
Jun 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.6 Light breeze
Jul 2.5 Barely noticeable 5 Light breeze
Aug 2.1 Barely noticeable 4.3 Light breeze
Sep 2 Barely noticeable 4.1 Light breeze
Oct 1.7 Barely noticeable 3.4 Barely noticeable
Nov 1.8 Barely noticeable 3.3 Light breeze
Dec 1.9 Barely noticeable 3.7 Barely noticeable

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 70.6%
Feb 61.8%
Mar 61.6%
Apr 64.4%
May 70.9%
Jun 76.2%
Jul 80.5%
Aug 80.2%
Sep 78.3%
Oct 76.3%
Nov 75%
Dec 76.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Luang Namtha?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Laos; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. 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 Luang Namtha, Laos is February, followed by November and July. 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 Luang Namtha in March. 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 70 in March means 70% of the tourists vs. February.

 

 

Overall Luang Namtha Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 92.8°F (33.8°C) and 86.9°F (30.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 12 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 quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 13 to 17 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Luang Namtha, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 87.6°F (30.9°C) and 79.7°F (26.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 12 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Luang Namtha to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.7°F (30.9°C) and 75.2°F (24°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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