I celebrated the Lao Buddhist New Year (Pii Mai) in the capital city Vientiane. The new year is celebrated by massive waterfights for three days. All people got on the street to party and soak each other totally. And while the white tourists were a target for the locals, we aimed our supersoakers at the taxi drivers :) When new year celebrations were over I did some sightseeing to see a.o. the Pha That Luang, a big stupa and national symbol of Laos.
I spend three weeks in Laos and it was amazing. I doubted to do a visa-run to Thailand to be able to travel to the south of Laos as well. On the other hand I was curious to see neighbouring country Vietnam. So I bought a ticket from Vientiane to Hanoi. Laos is in my hearts now and I will remember it as a very laidback country with the friendliest people in South-East Asia.