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Festival of lights

End of September or October

This is the "Lai Heua Fai" Festival, the festival of the fire boat.

The day is celebrated by illuminated boat processions handmade with bamboo and banana trunks, colourfully decorated with candles and money. Each family has to make one, each people has to throw out one illuminated little boat on the Mekong, wishing good luck for the future and paying respect to the spirit of the waters. This is more than 20000 boats down slowly the river during the night...

Little boat for all the families, to show respect to the Mother Water

In Luang Prabang, a big parade happens that day. Most of the village of the town (around 20) are building their own big boat, competing every year for the most beautiful one. Ethnic groups are wearing their traditional clothes, people singing, chanting, dancing, fireworks are launched all around...

Festival of lights in Luang Prabang

This is certainly the most attractive festival in Luang Prabang.


  • Parade for the festival of lights in Luang Prabang
  • Parade for the festival of lights in Luang Prabang
  • Detail of a parade boat during the festival of lights in Luang (...)
  • Ethnic group during the parade, festival of lights of Luang (...)
  • Parade for Pimay