Boat Racing Festival - Boun Souang Heua
This festival is celebrated throughout the country and is an important event in the Southern Laos calendar as it is meant to pay homage to the Mekong River for helping to sustain the lives of people who live along its banks.
Teams from different villages and districts compete with each other, in long boats with up to twenty paddlers. Pakse is typically the biggest and the first location in the province where the boat racing takes place. Later, other districts organise their own competitions among different villages, meaning the festival continues for days throughout Champasak Province.