More than 4,000 athletes from 30 countries will complete for glory at the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships at Pattaya’s Mabprachan Reservoir Aug. 20-25.
Sponsored by city hall, the Royal Thai Navy and the Rowing & Canoeing Association of Thailand, the races will feature rowers in three age brackets: Under 16, 17-22, and 23 and older.
Pattaya expects the event will generate more than 200 million baht in tourist revenue for the city.
Dragon boats offer a unique twist on classing rowing sculls, with an effigy of a dragon on the prow and a drummer sitting in the stern to keep time for the five to 22 rowers.
Thailand traditionally does very well in the races, sweeping most trophies.