The best months for a motorcycle tour in Laos are November – February. Average temperatures range from 15 – 30°c (although it can get much cooler in the evenings up in the hills) depending on your altitude and there’s little chance of rain.
June – October is the hot & wet season. The rain generally comes in short, sharp bursts, but these heavy downpours can create undesirable riding conditions on the steep dirt tracks!
While March – May is still the dry season, these months are not ideal for motorcycle touring in Laos. The dirt tracks get progressively dustier towards the end of the dry season. Not only does this affect your visibility, but the tracks get churned up into deep ‘bulldust’ making for some difficult riding conditions. These months are also the ‘slash & burn’ season, where the locals clear land on the hillsides to prepare it for farming. They ‘slash’ the grass, allow it to dry and set it on fire. This creates a smoky haze across the entire country, somewhat spoiling the view!