Luang Prabang General information UNESCO has designated the entire city of Luang Prabang as a World Heritage site, ensuring its preservation and protection for future generations of visitors. Perhaps more than any other destination in Asia (with the possible exception of Angkor Wat), Luang Prabang is viewed by visitors as a true discovery and one that captures the heart and imagination of every new arrival. The city was once the capital of the expansive Lanna Kingdom, which covered large areas of northern Thailand, southern China and all of Laos. Remnants of royal heritage remain in the royal palace, which is now the National Museum. The wooden temples of Luang Prabang are amongst the most delightful in Asia, with roofs that sweep in majestic curves almost to the floor. However, elsewhere in Laos, it is not so much the buildings but the attitudes and atmosphere which delight visitors. Luang Prabang is ideally explored by bicycle or on foot, with frequent stops at street-side markets, cafes and temples. Weather Summary Luang Prabang has a tropical climate, the summers have more rainfall, as compared to the winters. The warmest month of the year is May, with an average temperature of 28.7°C (°F) and January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 20.5°C (°F). The average annual temperature in Luang Prabang is 25.6°C (°F) and the average annual rainfall is 1315 mm. December is the driest month with an average of just 14 mm of rainfall and August experiences the peak of precipitation with an average of 295 mm of rainfall.