Boat racing festival(Boun Suang Huea) is one of the most significant events in Laos calendar as it happens immediately after the crops have been planted in the farms. This festival generally takes place during the Buddhist Lent, but this depends on the lunar calendar.
The day before the actual boat race, the streets of the city are filled with hundreds of novice and monks who gather to collect food on the main street as part of the ritual of this festival. Different kinds of food such as Lao dessert, sticky rice and many other traditional dishes are prepared and offered to temples. The belief is that these offerings will be utilised by the ancestors who have passed away.
This boat festival takes place every year on the Nakhan River which is around the end of August and beginning of September (This depends on the lunar calendar). The race usually starts in the afternoon with more than 30 dragon boats and about 45 paddlers on one boat. All the entrants of this competitive race festival come from villages in Luang Prabang. Many people gather along the Namkhan River's bank to watch and cheer on the boats.
In this tour your we will take you to visit the fair market which is along the main street. After the market, we will head to watch the boat racing festival competition. To cap up your day, your host will take you to try the Lao dessert(Nam Vaan) and spicy Lao green Papaya salad.
- 1pm: Pick up and visit the fair market
- 1.30pm: Watch the boat racing competition
- 2:30pm: Try Lao dessert and green papaya salad
Tour included: Drinking water, Lao dessert and a green papaya salad.
Not included: Beverage and other expenses
This tour is available on the 10th of September 2018 only.