The timezone ICT in LaosTimezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In Laos there is only a single tonezone at UTC+7. For example, New York is currently at UTC-4 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between New York and Laos is 11 hours.
Laos has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.
Back to overview: Laos
Current time in all regions of Laos:
Only 1 nationwide time zone
|Standard time:||Indochina Time (ICT)|
|Daylight saving time:||none|
Laos has an east-west extension of 6.4 degrees of longitude. Given the country's location in Southeast Asia, this corresponds to about 680 kilometers. With this still relatively small extension, the course of the sun is only slightly different at various positions in the country. The position of the sun in the west of the country differs from that in the east by only about 26 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 26 minutes later in the west than in the east.
The Indochina Time also applies in Thailand, Vietnam and in Cambodia.
No daylight saving time in LaosDue to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).
Due to the relative proximity to the equator, the impact in Laos is not particularly large. Vientiane is only 2,000 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 05:34 to 18:48, but from 06:34 to 19:48. The effect would be quite noticeable in the evening, but the sun rising later in the morning falls at a time when many people are already awake. Thus, daylight saving time was never introduced in Laos.