Nan Traditional Long Boat Racing
The traditional longboat races are held at the end of Khao Pan Sa, at the 10th & 11th lunar month (September, October, November). It is an old tradition done in so called longboats, that can accommodate up to 60 oarsmen in a double row. Each village send its own team with its own boat. They will have been practicing for months. To control the race a bit the race is done with 2 longboats at a time and over a distance of 300m. The longboats are made by local crafts man and the head (like a dragon) is a piece of woodcraft art itself. At the Wat Si Phan (Golden Temple) you can see a longboat and some heads for boats. Also near the main bridge in Nan town is an sala with an exhibition of an longboat. The grand-final is a huge happening in Nan town and all hotels in town will be full. Every village will send supporters to cheer along the river for their team. And of course there will be a market, food and music.