On the rainy season

There’s a popular theory among treksperts* about the rainy/monsoon season that goes thus:

“It doesn’t rain that much. It’ll be sunny and blazing hot all day, then an unbelievable torrent of water will pour from the sky for an hour or two in the afternoon, then back to sunny.”

This is often true, monsoon rain against the backdrop of beautiful sunny days. However, as we discovered in Northern Laos, this is also possible:

“It rains more or less constantly. It’ll be grey and drizzling all day, then an unbelievable torrent of water will pour from the sky for an hour or two in the afternoon, then back to grey and drizzling.”

The downside of this is the frequent cancellation of plans, particularly those taking place on a river – kayaking, boat trips, &c. Our first attempt at booking a kayaking trip was cancelled not because the river level made the river too fast/rough, but because the water level meant that there wasn’t enough room between the river surface and the tree-tops to maneuver a kayak through. This was reported to us by a fairly tired looking fellow who later told us that he’d been up since 3 am evacuating a riverside guesthouse that had become signicantly less ‘side’ and significantly more ‘river’ overnight.

So yeah. It rained.

The upside of this is that when you can steal a few hours between downpours, you get views like this (click to embiggen):

 

Which, I think, is a more than fair trade-off.**

 

 

 

* to be defined in full later. For now, use your imagination.

** Though you do start to run out of superlatives for ‘green’.

 
 
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