Longboat racing in Phimai – 2015

This coming weekend (31 October and 1 November) there will be longboat racing in Tam Yeah (ตำแย), organised by the sub-district of gra-bueang-yai (กระเบื้องใหญ่), small neighbouring villages about 4 miles from Phimai town.

Long boat racing in Phimai district 2015

Below is an image from last year’s longboat racing event in the same location.

Longboat race teams Phimai

Below is a map showing the approximate location of the racing.

Phimai

Next month will see the Phimai festival in Phimai town. Longboat racing is scheduled for 14-15 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. Good views of the racing can be had along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.

More details to follow on this year’s Phimai festival.

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Phimai festival 2014

The annual Phimai festival will be held this year from the 5th to 9th November 2014.

Phimai festivl 2014 phimai.wordpress.comEvents include long boat racing, a Korat cat contest, a bird contest, singing, Thai dancing and a show at the Phimai historical park. Other events will take place and in the centre of the town stalls have been set up that will sell food, drinks, clothing and various other items.

Phimai sound and light showTomorrow, 5th November, there will be a Thai puppet show in the historical park. It is scheduled to start at 6pm.

Longboat racing Phimai festival ThailandThe long boat racing this year is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.

Concerts Phimai festivalThere will be a series of music concerts on each day of the festival. Bank from Clash will appear on 5th November, Family Valentine on 6th November, Labanoon on 7th November, Malihuanna on 8th November and Wong Gang-geng on 9th November.

Korat cat contest PhimaiThe Korat Cat contest takes place in the afternoon of Saturday 8th November in the local government building (amper). The bird show takes place on Sunday 9th November.

 

Longboat racing in Phimai

Phimai is a great place to see longboat racing. Every year during the Phimai festival in November there is longboat racing. This weekend (11-12 October) saw 2 days of longboat racing in gra-bueang-yai (กระเบื้องใหญ่),  a small village about 4 miles from Phimai town.

Boat racing course gra-beuang yai PhimaiThe longboat race course – a straight line.

longboat racing PhimaiA women’s team winning their race.

Longboat race teams PhimaiTeam colours

boat racing PhimaiThe event was held to mark the end of Buddhist Lent (ork pansa –ออกพรรษา), which was on 8th October this year.

boat races gra-beuang yai PhimaiIt was the 16th annual longboat racing event to be held in gra-bueang-yai, Phimai district.

Next month will see the Phimai festival in Phimai town. Longboat racing is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat, with access from Anantachinda Road or nearby. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road. For details of the 2014 Phimai festival see here:

https://phimai.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/phimai-festival-2014

Phimai festival

The Phimai festival takes place each year in November. This year it is being held from the 7th to 11th November. At the Phimai festival you can see a bit of the local culture. There will be sound and light shows at the Phimai historical park, there will be a Korat Cat competition and two days of long boat racing. There will be traditional Thai dancing, singing (including traditional “Korat song”), stalls selling local foods and many other activities. There will also be a series of pop and pop-rock concerts by Thai singers. The concerts will take place in the grounds of the local administration office (amper) on the bypass.

The Korat Cat competition usually takes place on the Saturday and the two days of long boat racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Come to Phimai and enjoy the festival.

Here are some photographs from previous Phimai festivals.

Long boat, Phimai, Thailand

Above: Putting the boat in the water before setting off to the start line.

Long boat, Phimai, Thailand

Below: End of the race for the blue team. Spectators watch from the road bridge.

Long boat, Phimai, Thailand

Below is a photograph taken at the Phimai festival cat show in 2009.

Phimai festival cat show

Below is a photograph taken at the dance contest at the Phimai festival in 2009.

Dance contest at Phimai festival, Thailand

Note: Traffic in Phimai town is much increased during the period of the festival and some roads are blocked or diverted for the five days of the Phimai festival.

UPDATE:

Last night Sek Loso played a concert in Phimai. Tonight there is another concert. The group is called “Family” (Valentine?) I think, but I’m not 100% sure. I’ve never heard of them.

Tomorrow night, Saturday 10th, Kala (Gala) will play. On Sunday the 11th, Pongsit Kampee (aka Pu) will play. See the next blog entry for a bit more about the concerts. https://phimai.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/concerts-in-phimai-this-week/