Laos, Wet Season Riding

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by Big_Dave, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Big_Dave

    Big_Dave Ol'Timer

    G'Day guys. After 20 years in Asia I am no stranger to riding in the monsoon seasons, however, having never been tio Laos I would like opinions on whether it is worthwhile or not. Would be arriving late July and riding for about a month. 2 up but no off road. Any advice much appreciated. Cheers
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  3. Oddvar

    Oddvar Ol'Timer

  4. Big_Dave

    Big_Dave Ol'Timer

  5. Oddvar

    Oddvar Ol'Timer

    I love the rainy season because of the clear air. A rain shower never hurts unless you are "over your head" in the jungle.
    Power on and enjoy.
  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Moderator Staff Member

    Here is our Rainy Season ride last 2015..
    Laos - Rainy Season Ride 2015

    I would just keep an eye on weather underground site ( Wunderground) with the satellite images for lows and other depressions.
    We did come across flooding and wash outs.. You will get held up with landslips for sure..

    Make sure you are not in a hurry as you may need to sit tight like we did in Long Cheng and one other location.
    Waiting for the flood water dropped off and the land slides to be cleared.

  7. Big_Dave

    Big_Dave Ol'Timer

    Thanks Brian, awesome pics mate. Im never in a hurry, give me a beer and a bowl of anything and I'll wait out the next ice age!
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  8. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Rainy season? I agree with Oddvar, best time of year to ride on road. The scenery always looks so beautiful.
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    I've just come returned from a 2,700 kms ride & only rode in the rain for 20 kms.
    Its early wet season & most of the rain seems to be coming from the west.
    It's been raining at night, or early morning generally.
    Towards the end of wet season the typhoons will probably start coming in from the east & the China Sea way so you'd expect Laos to be wetter then, being closer to the sea.
    But you can pick when & where you ride a bit.

    The GTR "Weather guide"
    Southeast Asia Weather

    For help deciding where the rain is coming from take a look at these satellite pictures.
    1. Thai Met Office.
    2. The Weather Channel.
    3. Foreca is an excellent phone app for the weather to try.

    It only gets really bad when there's a tropical depression or typhoon that comes in causing it to rain for several days, otherwise as you know it's generally thunderstorms (but some are longer than others.)
    If you are on the Xieng Khouang - Xam Neau plateau area then you are 1,100 metres + up & generally in the clouds at the height of the wet season.

    I hope this is a help.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016
  10. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Moderator Staff Member

    Here is a link to wunderground weather
    Weather Forecast & Reports - Long Range & Local | Wunderground | Weather Underground
    Very detailed and accurate

    If you are near the Thai border or especially southern Lao.. Try this link. The 240 km range out of Ubon covers are huge area in the South

    TMD Weather Radar
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2016
  11. Big_Dave

    Big_Dave Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the info boys. A little rain never hurt anyone! Looking fwd to this trip. Will pose a few more questions for you blokes soon. Cheers.

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