Before the main attraction, the river bustles with activity, as traditional long-boat races compete for the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Cup. As many as 100 crews take part, including boats from neighbouring Laos. On October 26, a parade of wax “castles”—in actuality, anything from ornate trees to Buddhist temples and shrines, carved from beeswax by local artists—trots through town. The procession is also a backdrop for numerous cultural performances highlighting the province’s rural way of life.
October 23 – 26