October to April is the dry season in Laos, South East Asia, and usually considered the best time to visit. Temperatures usually hit highs of about 32 °C (90 °F)across the dry season in Vientiane, the country’s sleepy capital, though can spikes up to 35°C ( 95 °F)in April, the hottest month. The hillier north is usually a couple of degrees cooler, so December and January can be a bit chilly in the hills and mountains.November through January is the best time for river travel when the water is at its highest and travelling fast, a great time to take in the might Mekong and the superb flora and fauna along its banks. April brings Songkran (Laos New Year), a week-long national party celebrating the end of the dry season and start of the monsoon. Much of the country becomes a giant water fight, and you are likely to get drenched by everyone from children to grandmothers, whether you like it or not.
This two-day annual festival is held in Sayabouly Province to celebrate elephants and support their wellbeing. There is a grand parade and the animals are bathed and blessed by monks. There is music, dancing and performances, carnival style celebrations and religious ceremonies, which culminate in the crowning of ‘Elephant of the year’.
Location: Sayabouly, Laos
Settha Palace: Vientianeâs Tried-and-True Indochina Hideaway for Luxury Travelers
Author : Laurel Tuohy
There is one properly luxurious hotel in Vientiane: Settha Palace. Laurel Tuohy sits down with general manager Hala Krimi to learn what makes this colonial haunt so charming.
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