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When to go & weather

Weather

Luang Prabang has a tropical climate typical of Southeast Asia with a dry season and a wet season. Found along the Mekong River, Luang Prabang enjoys warm weather year-round with temperatures ranging between 15°C and 38°C.

Luang Prabang in Laos borders the mighty Mekong River and the area comes under the tropical monsoon climate. Two distinct seasons divide the weather conditions. The dry season begins in November and continues up to May while the wet season is seen during the months of May to October. Overall high temperature levels prevail throughout the year irrespective of the season. For most part of the year relative humidity levels are high. However, the rainy season features quite chilly evenings particularly depending on the altitude and the day.

There is also the likelihood of torrential rainfall during the rainy season. This is also a highly picturesque time in Luang Prabang and if you are willing to brave the wet weather travelling to this destination during the wet season provides you the opportunity of enjoying the lush and verdant landscape filled with exotic and rare flora and fauna. The monsoon climate also ensures that rainfall is limited to short bouts at a time. It rains hard while it lasts but the clouds will clear as soon as the rain stops with the sun shining for the rest of the day allowing visitors to get along with their intended outdoor pursuits in the vicinity.

Best time to travel

The most popular time to visit is November and December but the best time to visit is from December to February. After this the weather is hotting up and the views are often shrouded in a haze, produced by shifting cultivators using fire to clear the forest for agriculture. This does not really clear until May or, sometimes, June. During the months of March and April, when visibility is at its worst, the smoke can cause soreness of the eyes, as well as preventing planes from landing.

Seasons

The northeast monsoon brings dry, cooler temperatures to the city from November to May, while the rains come with the southwest monsoon from May to October. Annual rainfall is 1300 millimetres. Even during the rainy season the downpours last for only short periods, making it possible to visit Luang Prabang any time of year. The Mekong River may get flooded during the wettest months of August and September. March to May is the hottest time of year, when high levels of humidity combined with the heat can make for some sticky days indeed.