Cultural in Luang Prabang

Bun Awk Phansa

Bun Awk Phansa sees boat races on the Nam Khan in September or October. Buddhists send little boats made of banana leaves with lit candles inside downriver by night, chiefly to send the bad luck of last year away, a…
Cultural in Luang Prabang

Pi Mai

Large numbers of visitors converge on Luang Prabang for this 'water throwing' festival in April. Be careful of your camera getting soaked and prepare to be drenched! Advanced bookings around this time are recommende…
Film in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Film Festival

At the start of every December, the Luang Prabang Film Festival hand-picks the best new films from 10 Southeast Asian countries, with screens set up alfresco all around the city. Better still it's free.
Sports in Vientiane

Bun Nam

A huge annual event at the end of pansăh (the Buddhist rains retreat) in October, during which boat races are held on the Mekong River. Rowing teams from all over the country, as well as from Thailand, China and Mya…
Cultural in Vientiane

Bun Pha That Luang

Bun Pha That Luang, usually held in early November, is the largest temple fair in Laos. Festivities begin with a wéean téean (circumambulation) around Wat Si Muang, followed by a procession to Pha That Luang, which …
Cultural in Vientiane

Pi Mai

Lao New Year is celebrated in mid-April with a mass water fight and tourists are considered fair game. Be warned, drunk driving and theft go through the roof at these times so remain vigilant with your driver and wa…
Buddhist in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Bun Wat Phu Champasak

The highlight of the year in Wat Phu Champasak is this three-day festival, held as part of Magha Puja (Makha Busa) during the full moon of the third lunar month, usually in February. The central ceremonies performed…
Cultural in Sainyabuli

Elephant Festival

The Elephant Festival is a vast two-day jamboree featuring music, theatre and many a beer tent as well as elephant parades and skills demonstrations. It's a popular event, though animal-welfare groups raise concerns…
Boat Racing in Don Khong

Bun Suang Heua

A boat-racing festival is held on Don Khong in early December or late November around National Day. Four days of carnival-like activity include longboat races opposite Muang Khong, much closer to the shore than in l…