Long boat racing event in Hua Hin draws crowds


The Khao Tao Reservoir in Hua Hin took centre stage this weekend as the “Chao Mae Pradu Thong Boat” emerged victorious in the “16th Annual Longboat Racing Championship.

The event, held on November 18-19, drew a substantial crowd and showcased the vibrant tradition of longboat racing.

Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin, Mr. Atichai Chaisri, attended the event alongside Mr. Amorn Patthong, a member of the municipal council, and Mr. Jeerawat Phrahomnee, the municipal clerk.

Various heads of government departments and officials joined in the closing ceremony of this prestigious event. Esteemed attendees included Mr. Anuphong Chaiyarat, Deputy Director of the Public Relations Department of Thailand, Ms. Ubonwan Kongsawang, Manager of the Western Region Alcohol Control Network Office, and representatives from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. Mr. Yothin Sittibodeekul, Director of the TV and Radio Office of Thai PBS, also marked his presence.

The Hua Hin Municipality, in collaboration with Thai PBS and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, organized the event, which featured competitions across four categories:

  • 55-oar longboat category (Thai-Lao Friendship Boat): Dominated by the Chao Mae Pradu Thong Boat from the Aircraft and Coastal Defense Command, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province, which was honored with a royal trophy by King Vajiralongkorn.
  • 40-oar longboat category (Metal Longboat): Won by the Chao Pu Lek Lai Boat, which received a royal trophy from Queen Sirikit.
  • 32-oar longboat category (Khon Flag-Capturing Longboat): The Si Hanuman Boat clinched victory in this category.
  • 30-oar longboat category (Naga-headed Longboat): The Thep Chulamanee Boat triumphed, also receiving royal accolades from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

The longboat races, an integral part of Thai cultural heritage, drew enthusiasts and spectators from across the region, reflecting the sport’s enduring appeal and significance.