Towards the end of the rainy season and the end of the Buddhist Lent, usually in October, local people come together to race boats on canals and rivers. The timing of these events are set by the phases of the moon. For Phra Pradaeng in Samut Prakan it is on the 4th day of the waning moon of the 11th lunar month. Which translates as being on 3-5 November this year. This will take place along the waterfront in Phra Pradaeng in front of the district hall. I’m told that the racing will take place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. However, if it’s anything like the last two years, they won’t start until after 2:30 p.m. I will be there on Saturday for the first day and you can follow me on Twitter @RichardBarrow for updates to the schedule.


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