Luang Prabang Boat Racing Festival, locally called Boun Souang Heua, takes place every year all around Laos during 6 weeks, from the end of August and the beginning of October (depending on the lunar calendar).
Dates vary from year to year, but most festivals are held on weekends. This year, the event is held on August 29. Luang Prabang’s finest boat crews shall put months of training to the test and compete against each another in Nam Khan River to claim the top place.
The race is formatted as a straight knockout with two crews competing at a time in a straight out 400-metre sprint. The winner moves on to the next round and shall compete in around 4-5 races to accomplish the feat before the day is out.
There will also be a Market Fun Fair in the morning on the same day, it will be set up along Chao Fa Ngum road with locally made textiles, woven bamboo baskets, handmade clay pots, agriculture products, food and so on.
This is a great occasion to be in town for a total immersion into the local festival.