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Flat-bottomed rice towing boat competition festival in Korat
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:56:07 AM »
10th flat-bottomed rice towing boat competition festival kicked off

NAKORNRATCHASIMA, 31 January 2010 (NNT) – Farmers of Nakhon Ratchasima Province in the Northeast participated in the tenth “Flat-bottomed Rice-Towing Boat” competition festival, being held in a bid to preserve the forgotten festival.

Thailand local Administration Network in Tambon Rang Ka Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province turned Nong ruea waterway into the tenth flat-bottomed rice-towing boat competition arena. This festival was a recreational activity for farmers after finishing their rice harvesting season. It created local unity as well as preserved the local folk-custom.

Flat-bottomed rice-towing boats are the local wisdom of farmers in Rang Ka Yai area, This tradition could tell history about the area that Thai farmers in the past used the flat-bottomed boat to tow harvested rice in the flooded paddy fields. This tradition had dissipated since the area was no longer flooded, and the flat-bottomed boat became an unnecessary tool ever since.

Siam Daily News

There seems to be a video of that kind of fun on Youtube as well: