Boat Racing Festival in Son La

With the space of majestic mountains, immense hydropower lake Son La is a place where the boat racing festival takes place. It also the largest boat racing in the northwest and attracts the attention of numerous tourists.

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The swallow tail boat racing festival Muong Lay Town is held on the first day of the New Year in Son La hydropower reservoir, the center of town in order to preserve and promote the cultural values of a swallow tail boat racing of White Thai people in Muong Lay.

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From early morning, there are a lot of people in the province and other provinces like Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai and tourists coming and eager to watch.

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Son La hydropower reservoir with an area of 50 square kilometers wide is a place where the race takes place. Numerous visitors are crowded around the bridge to follow the race.

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The boat racing festival involves 9 male teams, with the number of athletes up to 200 people.

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The team conducts the race with a total length of 1000 meters. Landscape of two sides is very gorgeous Thai stilt houses’ roof.

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The boat racing festival outside the purpose of creating useful recreation for people, it is also one of the activities in the scheme for Conservation and development of ethnic culture Muong Lay town associated with economic- social development period 2011 – 2015 and 2020 orientation.

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The festival takes place every year on the first of January; this activity not only helps to preserve ethnic cultures, but also contributes to promote the image of the country and people of Vietnam.

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