One of the country’s oldest and most significant boat races is back again on the Nan River in Phichit from September 6-7. Watch the locals turn up in hordes to cheer on their favourite teams as the competition gets fiercer with each wave. The race takes place in front of Wat Tha Luang, where homage is paid to the local Buddha statue prior to the event.
Long boat racing is an age-old tradition that started around 600 years ago during the Ayutthaya period. It was an opportunity for young men and soldiers to display their strength, courage and commitment to their country, and to prepare them for any future conflict that they may encounter. Nowadays, it is a celebration of unity and goodwill, and attracts thousands from across the country.
Each boat represents its respective province, which means there are hundreds of souvenirs and local handmade trinkets on sale along the river, as well as food and refreshments for the thirsty tourist.