Laos – Pi Mai in Vientiane (New year celebration)

Laos new years from April 14-16 is a great time to visit the country, with its water festival that encourages a contagious mixture of cheerfulness and cheekiness, spurred on by the constant flow of water and endless supply of Beer Laos. Jumping on the back of a truck filled with a dozen locals dancing, shouting “Saibadee Pi Mai” (happy new year), and throwing buckets of water, is a trip highlight of many lucky enough to take part in the local celebrations. The festivities lasts a few days longer than the official three days, and is most intense in major cities such as Luang Prabang and the capital, Vientiane.

Laos Vientiane Pi Mai Celebrations, truck, water

Laos Vientiane Pi Mai Celebrations

Laos Vientiane Pi Mai Celebrations, beer laos, truck

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, waterpistol

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, water pistol

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, dancing

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, strange man

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, Monk puts wristband on girl

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, scooter, flour, water

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, girls dancing, crutch grab

Cheeky kids at the Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, water stuck in time

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, beauty pageant, temple

Parade at the Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, water festival, scared man

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos, group photo

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

Pi Mai Celebrations in Vientiane, Laos

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