Vientiane Province has a hot and humid tropical climate. There are two seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October while the much more pleasant dry season lasts from November to April. During the rainy season there is about 200 to 300 mm of rain a month and the high temperatures, averaging around 33 °C during the day and around 24 °C at night, makes this time the worst for a visit. Winter is much more pleasant with days still close to 30 °C and nights a nice 15 to 18 °C. March to May can be very hot, with temperatures close to 40 °C sometimes.
Wattay International Airport (VTE) is located 3 kilometres outside of Vientiane and is the main gateway. There are only a limited number of airlines servicing the airport, including Thai Airways International (Bangkok) and Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh). AirAsia now provides a budget option for travellers with flights heading to and from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Finally, Mandarin Airlines has flights to Taichung on Taiwan and China Southern Airlines flies to Guangzhou.
Lao Airlines is based at the airport and has connections to Siem Reap, Kunming (also with China Eastern Airlines), Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hanoi, as well as a number of domestic destinations including Luang Prabang, Houei Sai, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Pakse, Xieng Khuang and Savanakhet. Lao Air (other airline!) serves Samneua, Phongsaly and Xayabouly.
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