The Surat Thani Chak Phra Festival and Boat Races is hosted annually on the Tapi Riverbank and Naris Bridge. Locals decorate their boats and trucks with flowers and Buddha images and join a parade guided by the sound of traditional percussion instruments. The festivities also include long-boat races on the Tapi River. The boats are manned by up to 50 oarsmen. It’s a merry scene as vocal crowds line the riverbanks to cheer on their favorites. Other highlights include cultural and musical performances, which take place every evening during the nine-day festival.
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