What do you do when it’s hot, dry and you want it to rain? Shoot rockets into the clouds … at least that’s what the men of Muang Nan do every year in the month of May.
The Boun Bang Fai (otherwise known as the Rocket Festival) is an annual Buddhist celebration that happens in various locations across Laos. One of the best places to witness this thrilling event is Muang Nan. The festival takes place in a different village in the district each year, with locals spending the weeks leading up to the event making their rockets. The festival runs for three days and includes opening market fun fair, morning alms giving ceremony, candle lighted procession, long drum competition, Baci ceremony, music and dance performances, floats being paraded through the town, and an evening fireworks display. On the third day over 100 home-made rockets are launched into the sky …a true spectacle.
When: 27 – 29 May 2021
Where: located 75 kilometres south-west of Luang Prabang town. There are 2 ways to get there by Song-Theo are 5 times a day: 8:00 am | 10:00 am | 12:00 pm | 14:00 pm| 16:00 pm| or the bus to Xayaboury, there are 2 times a day 09:00 am and 14:00 pm.