Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Laos
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. To its west
is Thailand, Cambodia is to its
south, Vietnam to is east, and both China
and Myanmar to its north.
Laos is fairly mountainous, peaking in the northwest at the
Myanmar and China border. Along the
country's northeastern border there are more mountains, and from these mountains
a great number of rivers flow west into the Mekong River, which forms much of the
country's border with Thailand.
Kuang Si Waterfall
Laos's weather is primarily based on the seasons and also
elevation. Laos has three general seasons; rainy season runs from about May to October,
cold season is dry and runs from about November to February, and the hot season,
which is also dry runs from about March to April. The hot season can have temperatures
reaching 100° F (38° C) daily in the Mekong River valley, but lows of about 75°
F (24° C). The cold season has temps in this same region averaging 75° F (24° C),
but days are a bit warmer and nights a bit cooler. However, in the northern mountains
during cold season, nightly lows can get down to 40° F (5° C), although daily highs
again get up to 70° F (22° C).