Bun Awk Phansa

Cultural in Luang Prabang

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, and to also give thanks to Mother Mekong and the sentinel naga (river serpents) who dwell within her watery arms. Pure magic.