Date: September 20-21 and October 24-26, 2014
Nan, the charming mountainous province in the North of Thailand, is once again presenting the charming Thai-Lanna tradition that has been passed on for generations - the Nan Boat Races.
This event has been the pride of Nan for generations and is set to be heritage for more generations to come.
Do not miss this annual spectacle on the Nan River, where colourfully-painted boats made from whole tree trunks adorned with an elaborately-crafted naga head at the prow will be brought out just once a year for this important cultural and sporting event. Each boat can accommodate up to 60 oarsmen, all dressed in the same racing team’s uniform, in a double row.
History has it that the Nan Boat Races were initially organised during the local community’s robe presentation to the monks to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. To-date, the event has become a fixture on both Nan’s and Thailand’s annual festival calendar that attracts thousands of spectators and is normally held during September and October each year.
The Royal Trophy Nan Boat Races 2014 will take place in two periods. The opening races will be held during September 20-21 and the final matches during October 24-26 at the Nan River in Nan Municipality. Enjoy a fair with booths selling food and drinks, souvenirs and local arts and crafts indigenous to Nan province during the festival. More >> For more info on Nan, visit Nan Travel Guide.
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