Laos Holidays
Lao Public Holidays 2018

The list of Lao public holidays below shows both official and non-official, but widely observed, Lao public holidays which are considered significant as some businesses, embassies in Laos and Lao government offices might be closed on these days.

On these public holidays government offices are shut as are businesses and banks, so make sure all your visa needs or travel arrangements are not urgent, particularly over the Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) holiday in April. If the holidays fall on a weekend day, often the Monday following will be the designated holiday.

List of Lao Public Holidays 2018

1 January, Monday

International New Year's Day

20 January, Saturday

National Military Day 

16 February, Friday

Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year

8 March, Thursday

International Women's Day

22 March, Thursday

Lao People's Revolutionary Party Day

14-16 April, Sat-Mon

Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao)

1 May, Tuesday

International Labor Day 

1 June, Friday

International Children's Day & National Tree Planting Day

20 July, Thursday

Lao National Women's day 

27 July, Friday

Khao Phansa Festival
(Buddhist Lent) 
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15 August, Wednesday

National Constitution Day

9 September, Sunday

Boat Racing Festival in Luang Prabang
(Same day as Boun Hor Khao Padubdin Festival (Buddhist Lent) that takes place through out Laos)

24 September, Monday

Boun Hor Khao Salak Festival

7 October, Sunday

National Teacher's Day
(Commemorates all teachers through out the country)

12 October, Friday

Independence Day

24 October, Wednesday

Awk Pansa Festival 
(End of Buddhist Lent) 
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25 October, Thursday
(Observed in Vientiane only)

Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane » Read more

22 November, Thursday
(Observed in Vientiane only)

That Luang Festival » Read more
Pilgrimage to That Luang Stupa in Vientiane 

2 December, Sunday

Lao National Day

Note: Variation may occur because some holidays are based on Buddhist calendar.

Happy Lao Holidays! 

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