Longboat racing returns to Pattaya Nov. 19

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Thailand’s top long-boat racers will compete for cash and prizes at the 11th Pattaya Traditional Long Boat Tournament Nov. 19-20 at Mabprachan Reservoir.

Pattaya and Nongprue officials announced plans for the races Nov. 10. They’ll feature long-boats with deep roots in Thai culture. The race will be supported by Chonburi Province and the Thailand Rowing and Canoeing Association.

Trophies will be awarded in six categories: Large boats (55 paddlers), long-tail boats (30 paddlers), large boats types A and B, small boats type B and international boats (12 paddlers).

Pattaya’s annual longboat races are scheduled for this weekend at Mabprachan Reservoir. Pattaya’s annual longboat races are scheduled for this weekend at Mabprachan Reservoir.

Other contests over the weekend include a long drums contest in two categories: students and general public.

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Myanmar and Taiwan will compete.