Explore the beautiful town of Luang Prabang while one of their exquisite annual events is ongoing: Laos Boat Racing Festival! Get to see locals race in their traditional hand-carved boats made of just one tree. The local boat racers have practiced months to try and beat their opponents, and bring victory for the spiritual dragon Nagas, which helps to protect the beautiful country of Laos.
Tour Highlights | Laos Boat Racing Festival
– Athletic locals racing in traditional hand-carved boats
– The annual event of Haw Khao Padap Din, where locals visit local temples perform prayers and other rituals
– Royal Temple, Palace and museum sightseeing
– Climb to the top of Mount Phousi
– Fantastic views of the Mekong river
– Explore the bountiful night market
– Splash around in the turquoise water of Khuang Si waterfall-Participate rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offering of Alms
Tour Details | Laos Boat Racing Festival
Day1 Aug 27 Tue. Luang Prabang arrival (no meals incl.)
Upon arrival, you will be met our local guide upon arrival and drive a short distance to the hotel. Overnight at Luang Prabang Villa Maly Boutique Hotel for 4 nights.
Day2 Aug 28 Wed. Half day city tour and Khuang Si Waterfall (B/L)
Participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of stickyrice) from the faithful residents.
Return to hotel for breakfast. Then have a moring guided tour to the Temple WatXiengthong, Royal Palace Museum, Arts and Ethnology Centre. Lunch near the site.
In the afternoon, go explore the Khouang Si Waterfall. Upon return to Luang Prabang, enjoy the sunset at Mount Phousi. Visit also the famous Night Market before transfer back to hotel.
Day3 Aug 29 Thu. Boat Racing Festival (B/L)
Hotel breakfast, participate the Boat Racing Festival includes watching the boat racing on the Nam Khan River.
Boat Racing festival organized in Luang Prabang. This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khane River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang city. At the Haw Khao Padap Din ceremony day, people visit local temples to make offering to the dead as well to share merits making.
The annual event, known as Souang Heua in Lao, is festivals where crowds gather along the banks of the Mekong River to cheer on long boats filled with 50 paddlers competitively race one another. Boat racers typically practice weeks if not months ahead of the festival. The boats that are used are traditional hand-carved out a single tree. They are housed in the village temples and only come out only once a year to participate in the race. These decorative boats are considered sacred, and are both cleaned and presented with offerings a few days before the race. While the boat racing is a symbol of entertainment and athleticism, the festival honors the water divinities such as the Nagas, the spiritual dragons that help protect Laos.
On the day of the race, a traditional orchestra will play traditional songs near the river bank that accompanies the race. The tempo accelerates as the boats narrowly approach the finish line, creating dramatic tension as each race is only won by a small distance.
In Luang Prabang, the Boat Racing Festival is typically held on the ‘Day of the Commemoration of the Dead’ in August. In the capital Vientiane, the festival is held the day after the end of Buddhist Lent. Both events in the capital and in Luang Prabang draw huge crowds from all over the country. Like many festivals in Laos, the boats races are accompanied by local celebrations occurring throughout the town.This festival is and ideal time to visit Luang Prabang as it approaches its 20th Anniversary of its UNESCO World Heritage status!
Day4 Aug 30 Fri. Luang Prabang free day (B)
Hotel breakfast. Free day in Luang Prabang
31 Aug, Day 5: Luang Prabang – Departure (Breakfast)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.
CNY 2950 p. person twin room
CNY 4200 per person, single room
based on a minimum of 4 pax
- 4 nights hotel accommodation, Luang Prabang Villa Maly Boutique Hotel 4*
- 4 hotel buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches at local restaurant
- All private transfers with air-conditional vehicle as indicated in the itinerary
- Local licensed English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary
- All entrance fee and tours as indicated in the itinerary
What’s not included:
- In and out flight to Luang Prabang (ask our assistant)
- Visa to Laos (ask our assistant)
- Travel Insurances (ask our assistant)
- Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings which are not indicated in the itinerary
- Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied
Accommodation | Laos Boat Racing Festival
Hotel Name: Villa Maly Boutique
Information: Once the home of Lao royalty, Villa Maly is today an exquisite boutique hotel, surrounded by a lush abundant tropical garden. The rooms are elegant and comfortable with a hint of history and creative touches. Its wonderful location is situated in the historic Unesco protected zone amongst other stately homes. Our boutique hotel’s “Art Deco” style is prevalent throughout with an original blend of French and British furnishings from Colonial times. The ambiance is residential, as if one was staying in a private villa.