Boat Racing Festival

6 Oct 2017
The Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang

Enjoy the festivities leading up to the annual Boat Racing Festival in Laos, where the first race of the six week event is held in Luang Prabang.

  • When? 6th October 2017.
  • Where? Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang.
  • Price: Free.

So it might not be quite as intense as Oxford vs Cambridge, but the annual Boat Racing Festival in Luang Prabang is still a pretty big deal for the competitors and hundreds of onlookers who border the Nam Khan River during the mid-term of Buddhist Lent. 

This hugely popular event sees people flock to the town from across Laos with many visiting tourists also in attendance. Running for six weeks, usually some time between the end of August and beginning of October, the races take place all over the country, although the first one is in Luang Prabang and regarded as one of the most important.

In the week leading up to the race, a large street market is laid on with various goods and a selection of local delicacies available to the public. As for the main event, competitors race on wooden boats - containing up to 50 people per boat - over the course of a few hundred metres. 

This is a great time to witness a great sporting event with the Laotians. And if the winners fly across the finish line in record time, maybe you should point them towards England's elite.

  • Get there: Fly into Luang Prabang and then take a tuk tuk to the river or rent a scooter for around £10 a day.
  • Stay: Book accommodation in Luang Prabang for a 15 minute drive to the river.

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