The best times to visit Luang Prabang for ideal weather are

November 19th to February 25th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Luang Prabang Travel Info

Weather in Luang Prabang

Temperature

Average temperatures in Luang Prabang vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 25th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Luang Prabang, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid April where highs are regularly around 97.4°F (36.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.2°F (22.3°C) at night.

Luang Prabang Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Luang Prabang Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Luang Prabang Perceived Temperature (F)

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Luang Prabang Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Luang Prabang Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 82.9 67.9 57.3
Feb 90 73.4 59.8
Mar 93 78 64.7
Apr 95.4 82.4 70.9
May 94.7 83.4 74.1
Jun 92.7 82.9 75
Jul 90.7 81.8 75
Aug 90.8 81.6 74.7
Sep 91.2 81.1 74
Oct 90.1 78.8 70.4
Nov 86.5 73.7 64.6
Dec 81.9 69.1 59.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.3 19.9 14.1
Feb 32.2 23 15.4
Mar 33.9 25.6 18.2
Apr 35.2 28 21.6
May 34.8 28.6 23.4
Jun 33.7 28.3 23.9
Jul 32.6 27.7 23.9
Aug 32.7 27.6 23.7
Sep 32.9 27.3 23.3
Oct 32.3 26 21.3
Nov 30.3 23.2 18.1
Dec 27.7 20.6 15.5

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Luang Prabang are February, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.

When can you find snow in Luang Prabang? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Luang Prabang.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Luang Prabang (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 4% 0 0.6
Feb 2% 0 0.3
Mar 9% 0 2
Apr 27% 0 4.8
May 33% 0 6.6
Jun 39% 0 9.2
Jul 51% 0 11.2
Aug 52% 0 13.2
Sep 38% 0 8.7
Oct 13% 0 3.1
Nov 10% 0 2.3
Dec 4% 0 1.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 4 0 1.5
Feb 2 0 0.8
Mar 9 0 5.1
Apr 27 0 12.2
May 33 0 16.8
Jun 39 0 23.4
Jul 51 0 28.4
Aug 52 0 33.5
Sep 38 0 22.1
Oct 13 0 7.9
Nov 10 0 5.8
Dec 4 0 3

 

Humidity and Wind

Luang Prabang has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is March (56.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (76.4%).

Wind in Luang Prabang is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 2.3 knots (2.7 MPH or 4.3 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 7.1 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Luang Prabang.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 1.5 Barely noticeable 3.6 Barely noticeable
Feb 1.8 Barely noticeable 4.9 Light breeze
Mar 2 Barely noticeable 5 Barely noticeable
Apr 2.2 Barely noticeable 6.2 Light breeze
May 2.3 Barely noticeable 6 Barely noticeable
Jun 2.2 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze
Jul 2 Barely noticeable 5.1 Barely noticeable
Aug 1.8 Barely noticeable 4.3 Light breeze
Sep 1.8 Barely noticeable 4.2 Barely noticeable
Oct 1.9 Barely noticeable 4.4 Light breeze
Nov 1.8 Barely noticeable 4 Barely noticeable
Dec 1.8 Barely noticeable 3.8 Barely noticeable

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.9%
Feb 58.2%
Mar 56.1%
Apr 59.7%
May 66.5%
Jun 72.3%
Jul 75.6%
Aug 76.4%
Sep 75.7%
Oct 72.5%
Nov 71.1%
Dec 70.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Luang Prabang?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Laos; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Luang Prabang, Laos is February, followed by November and July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Luang Prabang in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 70 in March means 70% of the tourists vs. February.

 

 

Overall Luang Prabang Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 97.4°F (36.3°C) and 92.6°F (33.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 12 to 16 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Luang Prabang, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 91.9°F (33.3°C) and 84°F (28.9°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 11 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Luang Prabang to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 93.4°F (34.1°C) and 80.2°F (26.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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