Boun OK Phansa is one of the most important festivals on Laos' calendar
People planning to book an adventure holiday to Laos for this October will want to make sure their trip coincides with the annual Boun OK Phansa and Boat Racing Festival.
Taking place annually on October 12th and 13th, the celebrations are held to mark the end of the three-month fast observed by the country's monks, as well as the end of the rainy season.
Tourism Laos explains that this is a very special time of year for residents, who will make offerings at temples around the capital Vientiane and other cities.
"In the evening, candlelight processions are held at temples and hundreds of colourful floats decorated with flowers, incense and candles are set adrift down the Mekong River to pay respect to the river spirit," the tourism agency says.
"The following day in Vientiane, Savannakhet and Champasack Province, a popular and exciting boat racing competition is held to celebrate the Mekong River."
One of the few remaining hidden charms of South East Asia, Laos can be explored along with Vietnam and Cambodia, on the Jewels of Indochina itinerary.