October to April is the dry season in Laos, South East Asia, and usually considered the best time to visit. Temperatures usually hit highs of about 32 °C (90 °F)across the dry season in Vientiane, the country’s sleepy capital, though can spikes up to 35°C ( 95 °F)in April, the hottest month. The hillier north is usually a couple of degrees cooler, so December and January can be a bit chilly in the hills and mountains.November through January is the best time for river travel when the water is at its highest and travelling fast, a great time to take in the might Mekong and the superb flora and fauna along its banks. April brings Songkran (Laos New Year), a week-long national party celebrating the end of the dry season and start of the monsoon. Much of the country becomes a giant water fight, and you are likely to get drenched by everyone from children to grandmothers, whether you like it or not.
Remote Lands goes inside the most exciting Laos hotel opening of the year, Rosewood Luang Prabang, a mix of riverside and hilltop dwellings designed by Bill Bensley in the country's hottest travel destination.