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Vientiane Province

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  • That Luang Festival (Held in early November on the morning of the full moon) - Procession between Pha That Luang and Wat Si Muang as well as firework shows across the city.
Vientiane

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  • Bun Nam River Festival (Held in October at the end of Buddhist Lent) - Boat races are held on the river and stalls and games line the streets around the river banks. Fireworks and lanterns are a common sight as are lotus leaves abnd flowers floating down the river.
  • New Year - International New Year is held on 31st December, Vietnamese Tet-Chinese New Year is held in February and Pii Mai (Lao New Year) is held in mid-April. During each celebration the riverbank is where the action is at.

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Weather

Vientiane Province has a hot and humid tropical climate. There are two seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October while the much more pleasant dry season lasts from November to April. During the rainy season there is about 200 to 300 mm of rain a month and the high temperatures, averaging around 33 °C during the day and around 24 °C at night, makes this time the worst for a visit. Winter is much more pleasant with days still close to 30 °C and nights a nice 15 to 18 °C. March to May can be very hot, with temperatures close to 40 °C sometimes.

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Getting There

By Plane

Wattay International Airport (VTE) is located 3 kilometres outside of Vientiane and is the main gateway.

Lao Airlines is based at the airport and has connections to Siem Reap, Kunming (also with China Eastern Airlines), Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hanoi, as well as a number of domestic destinations including Luang Prabang, Houei Sai, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Pakse, Xieng Khuang and Savanakhet.

Lao Air (other airline!) serves Samneua, Phongsaly and Xayabouly.

There are only a limited number of International airlines servicing the airport, including :

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