Best time to travel to Laos

Butterflies in Laos

While butterflies dance around, your mind can calm you can enjoy their simple colourful beauty

Best time: May–October


Some call Laos a country of million elephants, others—a country of million butterflies. Rainy season with its fresh air, blooming flowers, and green forests attract numerous butterflies to Laos. You may encounter them in different locations, but Vientiane prefecture with its several protected areas and the southern area of Luang Prabang are probably the best.

The Vientiane countryside is a big area and great for trekking, cycling, and butterfly watching.

Meanwhile, the Luang Prabang region offers a more targeted experience, which is Kuang Si Butterfly Park. This park was opened by a Dutch couple in 2014, and it has already attracted about 40 species of butterflies with its both natural and also well-thought artificially created environments. Tourists can take a tour around the park to visit flower feeding stations for butterflies​ and enjoy beautiful orchid plantations among rock gardens. Also,​ volunteering is appreciated in the Park and everyone who is older than 25 can apply for this service and spend 3-4 weeks with butterflies.

Practical info

When is the peak season for observing butterflies in Laos?

Observing butterflies in Laos is best done between May and October when the rain brings blooming flowers and refreshed forests that attract numerous butterflies. Vientiane prefecture is a great location with multiple protected areas. Besides, southern Luang Prabang is an excellent region, with Kuang Si Butterfly Park, established in 2014 by a Dutch couple, being a highlight. Show more

Which part of Laos is recommended for observing butterflies?

Vientiane prefecture is an excellent destination for observing butterflies in Laos. The prefecture offers vast rural areas ideal for trekking, cycling, and butterfly watching. Another recommended location is southern Luang Prabang, with Kuang Si Butterfly Park being an attraction popular among butterfly lovers. The park was founded by a Dutch couple in 2014 and boasts of a beautiful collection of natural and artificial environments. Show more

What is Kuang Si Butterfly Park, and where can I find it?

Kuang Si Butterfly Park is a major tourist attraction located in the southern part of Luang Prabang, Laos. Established in 2014 by a Dutch couple, the park has a carefully-designed environment, both natural and artificial, perfect for over 40 species of butterflies - including the Great Mormon, Common Rose, and Golden Birdwing. Visit the park for guided tours, flower feeding stations, orchid plantations, rock gardens, and volunteering opportunities. Show more

How many butterfly species are present at Kuang Si Butterfly Park?

Kuang Si Butterfly Park in Luang Prabang is home to about 40 butterfly species. The park's natural and artificial environments offer ideal conditions for them to flourish. Visitors can enjoy different varieties of butterflies such as the Great Mormon, Common Rose, and Golden Birdwing. Since it also has a unique floral collection consisting of orchid plantations, it's a perfect place to finalize an expedition as a butterfly enthusiast. Show more

Is it possible to volunteer in Kuang Si Butterfly Park? If yes, for how long?

Tourists above 25 years old are welcome to volunteer in Kuang Si Butterfly Park. The volunteering period is usually between 3 to 4 weeks, appreciated and always available. Volunteering allows visitors to appreciate the beauty of the butterflies, learn about butterfly conservation, and spread awareness to others. It's a significant opportunity to support environmental conservation efforts and make a positive difference in preserving the ecosystem of this butterfly haven and the surrounding regions. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin