Pakbeng is a small village in the northwest corner of Laos that owes its place on the tourist map entirely to its convenient position on the Mekong River. Boats often stop here en route between Luang Prabang and the Thai border, and the village is thus well equipped to cater to passing travellers.
The scenery surrounding Pakbeng is its top attraction - especially when viewed from the teakwood balconies of the Luang Say Lodge, our favourite local accommodation. The lodge provides top-quality facilities, sandwiched between thick jungle and the edge of the Mekong, with every room providing spectacular vistas across the surrounding countryside.
Pakbeng itself is tiny and somewhat unremarkable, with most visitors staying just one night en route to more interesting pastures. Nevertheless, its laid-back, sleepy atmosphere and beautiful scenery make it a very pleasant spot to spend a night - or perhaps two, if you have the time.
Visitors to Pakbeng invariably arrive by boat, generally heading either towards Luang Prabang or to the Thai border not far to the west.
Weather in Pakbeng
The Climate Guide for Pakbeng is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||26||29||31||33||31||30||29||29||29||29||27||25|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||11||12||15||18||21||22||21||21||21||19||15||11|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||7||8||8||8||7||5||4||5||6||6||7||7|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||11||12||12||13||13||13||13||13||12||12||11||11|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||Low||Moderate||High||High||High||High||High||High||High||Moderate||Low||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||4||3||5||11||17||19||23||25||18||11||6||3|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||16||16||31||104||183||219||261||312||196||113||43||15|
|UV Index (Maximum)||8||11||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||10||9||8|
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