Oudomxay Revs Up for Boat Racing Fest


Nafang Village in Oudomxay Province is going all out for this year’s boat racing festival on 26-27 October, with a beauty contest, local food show, and art exhibition backing up the 30-boat competition held at the end of Buddhist Lent.

The race roster shows 17 men’s teams and 13 women’s teams will participate in the race, and each has a crew of 20.

Oudomxay has been growing in popularity among foreign and local travellers in recent years, with Nam Kat Waterfall taking centre stage.

Oudomxay is mainly a rural province and has several ethnic groups with interesting lifestyles, such as the Khmu, who can easily be visited at Pakbeng on the Mekong.

Other places worth visiting are the Singkham Buddha temple, where devotees can offer prayers, Chom Ong Cave, and Tad Talae waterfall.

People visiting Oudomxay can also enjoy the local dishes, such as Or Lam (meat mixed with eggplant and vegetables) and Soup Phak (vegetables cooked with sesame, ginger and chili).

In the first five months of this year, more than 94,300 people visited Oudomxay province and generated revenues of more than 50 billion kip (US$ 6 million), according to the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department.

Oudomxay can be accessed by air, road and Mekong Riverboat.

Source: Vientiane Times