I've heard mixed reports about August being the low/rainy season and also that it's busy with European tourists on summer break. My teenage daughter and I will be backpacking in early/mid August -- do we need to reserve guesthouses/budget hotels, or can we just travel where we like, finding places as we arrive? I much prefer the second option, but I don't want to get left guesthouse-less. We've booked a place in Luang Prabang, but haven't booked the rest (which, as of now is probably LP --> Phonsavan --> VV --> Vientiane. We'll only have about 12 nights, so I think that's probably a good itinerary.) Any and all thoughts/advice about my question and our itinerary would be greatly appreciated!