It was boat racing season in Laos. The end of the Buddhist Lent marks the beginning of celebration. For Laotians, this means festivals and boating. The season culminates in a large competition in Vientiane, the capital city, at the end of October. Tha Phra was ultimately preparing for the Vientiane race, but first they had to earn their way and compete in small village races.
From Photo Documentary - Mekong Boat Racing