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Thrilling Traditional Long Boat Race Commences to Celebrate His Majesty the King and Boost Tourism in Pathum Thani

The water of the Chao Phraya River in Pathum Thani Province was charged with excitement and camaraderie as the traditional long boat race “in honor of His Majesty the King” commenced with great fervor. On July 29, 2023, the opening ceremony took place in front of Wat Makham, Ban Klang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Pathum Thani Province, attracting an enthusiastic crowd that included government officials, esteemed guests, and participants eager to showcase their rowing prowess.

The long boat race, a cherished cultural tradition, has been divided into four categories to accommodate a diverse range of participants. The “Large Long Boat” category boasts an impressive 55 oarsmen divided into eight competing teams, while the “Medium Long Boat” category sees 40 skilled rowers participating among eight teams. The “Small Long Boat” category, consisting of 30 oarsmen, showcases the talents of 13 teams. Lastly, the “Rowing Boat” category features 10 rowers in each of the eight competing teams, all vying for prestigious trophies like the King’s Cup, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Cup, and the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup, among others.

Presiding over the opening ceremony was Mr. Adithep Kamolvej, Deputy Governor of Pathum Thani Province, acting for the Governor, who emphasized the significance of the long boat race as a tribute to His Majesty the King. The event aims to preserve and promote this cherished tradition while also encouraging tourism in Pathum Thani during the extended holidays.

Mr. Panya Noppakham, the Mayor of Ban Klang Subdistrict, shared his vision for the race, which extends beyond mere competition. It serves as a bridge to connect locals and tourists, fostering cultural exchange and appreciation. For visitors, the long boat race offers an unforgettable experience of Thailand’s rich heritage, and it presents an ideal opportunity to explore Pathum Thani’s hidden gems.

In addition to the riveting boat race, tourists and locals alike can immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Wat San Chao, where they can pay homage to the monks and embrace the spiritual side of the province. The event also opens up avenues for indulging in retail therapy, as various vendors offer a delightful array of local delicacies and handicrafts.

As the races unfold on the shimmering waters of the Chao Phraya River, the sense of unity and excitement is palpable. The enduring tradition of the long boat race continues to draw both domestic and international tourists, captivated by the unique cultural celebration and the warm hospitality of Pathum Thani.

The traditional long boat race is more than just a sporting event; it’s a testament to the deep-rooted cultural heritage of Thailand, and an opportunity for travelers to engage with the heart and soul of the province. As visitors cheer on the rowers and embrace the festive spirit, they become part of an age-old tradition that celebrates both the past and the present, united in honoring the beloved King and savoring the treasures of Pathum Thani.

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