Surrounded by lush countryside and immaculate scenery for as far as the eye can see, the city of Luang Prabang promises a host of adventures for many a traveller. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated on the Mekong and Khan Rivers and has sparked a plethora of interest in people from across the globe for decades. Laotian wooden houses blend marvellously with the French colonial architecture and the site of saffron robe draped Buddhist Monks is a humble and appealing one during the early hours of the morning. The city of Luang Prabang is not so huge, therefore can be explored comfortably by foot, however some times of year are better than others to visit this intriguing place. Stunning temples are located on many a winding street and the authentic Laos snacks that can be sampled on route are a real treat for your taste buds.
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The weather throughout the country of Laos is generally divided into two seasons, a dry and a wet, with average annual temperatures nestling in the region of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. High season is usually in the drier months of the year between November and January, however if you visit between September and October, you should drop by the Nam Khan River and witness the splendid dragon boat races. By March, the temperature and humidity rises significantly, making conditions quite uncomfortable for many visitors. August is the wettest month throughout Laos and the risk of flooding is generally quite high, therefore it is best to avoid travelling here during this period.
Although the most popular time to visit Luang Prabang is between November and January, be advised that prices are at their highest during this period. This is true of both accommodation and transportation. You can also expect restaurants and public attractions to be more crowded and waiting times to be longer. April is a great time to visit Luang Prabang as the Laos New Year occurs around this time, a festival largely characterised by the throwing of water, a welcome relief considering the heat around this time of year. The rainy season starts in May and last until around October and although it is sunny at the best of times, your afternoons will often be interrupted with brief showers. The great thing about Laos is that the temperatures cool down during rainy season, making it fairly comfortable. This is also the quietest time of year in Luang Prabang, therefore restaurants will be easier to get into and accommodation will be cheaper.
Luang Prabang is a fabulous city to visit and while you are here, you will have tonnes to explore. During the rainy season, the nearby waterfalls are at their most impressive, however it’s advisable to go with a guide. You could also climb Mount Phousi for unparalleled views over this amazing city. Other popular attractions include Wat Sen and the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang.