Pi mai, or Lao New Year, is the biggest festival of the year in Laos, and celebrated all over the country. Traditionally a time for cleansing and renewal, it’s also a chance for everyone to let their hair down and party for three days straight like only the Lao can. Along with the traditional ritual of heading to the temple to pour fragrant water over buddha statues, towns and cities across the country come to life with street parties and water celebrations. Prepare to be thoroughly doused with water in any open space – it’s a way of bringing everyone into the celebrations, as well as making the very hottest time of year more pleasant. Lao New Year is an experience like no other, and if you’re lucky enough to be here for it, relax and go with the flow – the best way to enjoy it!