Planning on going to Laos this year? Here is the list of events and festivals which will be held in 2011 in Laos (excluding local events, etc.). February 18: Boun Makhabusa Festival / Festival Celebrating the Teaching of the Buddha February 18: Vat Phou Festival in Champasack Province February 18: Phathat Sikhottabong Festival in Khammouane Province April 14: Lao New Year April 15: Lao New Year April 16: Lao New Year May 17: Boun Visakhabusa Festival / Festival Celebrating the Birth, Death, and Attainment of the Buddha. July 15: Boun Khaophansa Festival / Beginning of Buddhist Lent Festival August 28: Boun Khao Padabdin Festival / Rice Growing Festival September 12: Boun Ho Khaosalak Festival / Ancestor Festival October 12: Boun Okphansa Festival / End of Buddist Lent Festival October 13: Boat Racing Festival at Mekong River, Vientiane Capital November 10: That Luang Festival, Vientiane Capital The first major event is on 18 February which is Makha Bucha Day but, as this is a very important event in Laos at all three places, it can be very busy. While on a trip to Khone Phapeang WF and Phou Asa with my son we decided that in the late afternoon we could take in also Wat Pou as the light would be good to take pictures. Unfortunately, we did not realize that it was Makha Bucha. Arriving at the ferry crossing to Champasack we got the first hint that something was going on with 5-6 ferries busy going back and forth to the other side all loaded with cars and buses. Parking was difficult as there were literally hundred of cars, motorbikes, trucks and buses all loaded with people which all were walking towards Wat Pou. People on their way from the parking place to Wat Pou Most of the people were making offerings before climbing all the stairs to the rock face with the shrine of Wat Pou On our way back. Still lots of people on their way to Wat Phou with two ferries waiting for their turn to unload.