Luang Prabang’s season
- November to January: dry season is high season, when most people visit
- March: high humidity and temperatures in the 90s mean this isn’t the best time to visit Luang Prabang
- August: the wettest month of the year, with flooding a possibility
- September/October: dragon boat races on the Nam Khan river are a must-see
Dry season (November to May)
Rainy season (May to October)
The rainy season in Luang Prabang isn’t anything like as bad as it sounds, and it’s actually a surprisingly good time to visit Luang Prabang. It mostly means that there will be afternoon showers, with plenty of sunshine the rest of the time. Temperatures are cooler, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as they’re still over 20°C (70°CF) and perfectly comfortable. The rainiest months are August and September, when the Mekong sometimes experiences flooding.
With humidity lower, the air is fresher – and all that afternoon rain means that the jungle vegetation and rice paddies are at their most lush and green. Flowers are in colorful bloom, attended by hordes of beautiful butterflies, and the waterfalls – which often dry up in the dry season – are at their most impressive at this time of year. What’s more, with fewer tourists around, accommodation is cheaper and restaurants are easier to get into.
Another good reason to visit in Rainy Season: September or October sees dragon boat racing on the Nam Khan river take center stage in Luang Prabang, bringing competitors from surrounding villages and an atmosphere of palpable excitement.
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