The weather in Luang Prabang is typically tropical, with two distinct seasons: the wet and the dry season. Situated on a plain region of the country, Luang Prabang is generally hotter than the rest of the country and it experiences less rain showers than other cities.
The average temperature is 25.9 degrees Celsius (79 °F). The average hottest temperature is 36 degrees Celsius (97 °F) in April and the average coolest temperature is 14 degrees Celsius (57 °F) in January. In addition, the monthly humidity fluctuates from 72% to 87%.
The wet season runs from May to October and may have an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 °F). Luang Prabang at this time experiences less rain than areas in higher, mountainous regions of the country, plus the temperature in highlands is also lower. Take note, however, that rainy season in the country doesn’t mean heavy torrential rains that last all day every day. Rain showers may come in daily, lasting for an hour or two only.
During this time, roads including services like public transportation, telecommunications, water supplies, power supplies, radio broadcasting and many others may get affected and services interruptions are quite common. Some trips may likely get cancelled and heavy traffic due to road damages may occur. In contrast, boat travels are a bit faster because the river is high, although you’ll get to see a lot of water garbage floating on the river.
The dry season, on the other hand, runs from November to June and is subdivided into two different types. The cool dry season is from November to February while the hot dry season comes in March to June.
1. COOL DRY SEASON
The temperature at this time of year can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius and as high as 25 degrees Celsius (50 to 77 °F). Luang Prabang is quite cool during this time and is the most popular time for visiting among tourists. It is, in fact the best time to visit Luang Prabang. The air smells clean and the breeze pretty comfortable. In addition, the river is high enough to make river journeys easier and faster. And if you decide to go during this season, consider bringing warmer outfits, especially as it tends to get chilly in the night.
2. HOT DRY SEASON
Conversely, the hot season can get unbearably hot. The temperature can go as high as 35 degrees Celsius (95 °F). This season strongly typifies the tropical climate the country has. It’s hot, especially during the day, and the night air brings little consolation. Couple this with the high humidity and visiting Luang Prabang at this time of year may not be a good idea.
Moreover, the season for harvesting rice has just finished and farmers prepare their lands again for a new crop by burning rice stubbles and fertilizing their lands with it. This results in clouds of smoke floating all over Luang Prabang most of the time.
The weather in Luang Prabang definitely should be one of your considerations if you plan on visiting the city. Although the cool dry season brings with it peak prices, it may be better having higher travel expenses than not enjoying your vacation at all. After all, vacations are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, more than being cheap and relatively miserable.