If Laos is having a drought, the rains must be stopping right when they reached the border by my house. Because it rained like a dog this year. We had flooding here in Mukdahan. The river right now is not low, unless it dropped radically yesterday. It's not high either - but it's definitely not low. I suspect the review is a few months old.
The reports you may have read about the Mekong being extra low would have been from last February/March (dry season) when the slow boats between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang were halted for a few weeks. Right now is the tail end of rainy season and it has been a very wet one in parts of SE Asia. Worst flooding in 50 years some parts of Thailand and Vietnam.
seems like Mekong river level might be getting low in some places again. however, the tourist boats plying the Huay Xai - Pak Beng - Luang Prabang route are NOT affected for now, only the much larger cargo boats. those intending to travel between Chiang Saen & Jinghong by cargo boat in the coming weeks might want to double check on the situation?
China (CCP) loves its dams. Watershed of the world currently within its borders - watch out.