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.
When is the Nan Tradional Long Boat Racing?Pre-final races are in September & October, the grand final is end October or begin November. But no fixed dates as it is an lunar festival, although most times in a weekend.
Where to go?Pre-finals races are in Tha Wang Pha, Wiang Sa and Nan, the grand-final is at the Pattana Pak Nua Bridge in Nan town.
Where to stay?If you are planning to go to the grand final in Nan town then it might be a good idea to make hotel reservations a few weeks / months before. Many Thai tourists will come and all hotels will be full.
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