The Long Boat Racing Festival in Phimai

 Every year around November Nakhon Ratchasima does hold its annual Long Boat Racing festival to mark the end of the 3-month annual Buddhist Lent. 

The festival is presided over by the provincial governor and organized under the cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Phimai District. The festival is held with an aim to carry on the Thai tradition, which has been passed down from generation to generation. The event is also held in honor of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. There are usually around 40 to 50 boats joining the competition. 

The history of the festival can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period or about 600 years ago. The boats used in the competition are made from special trees, while the rowing crews are trained to be as physically fit as possible and ready for the festival. Besides the competitions, visitors can also enjoy the boat procession and other cultural performances.