Lai Reua Fai

Cultural in Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom is famous for this illuminated boat procession. A modern twist on the ancient tradition of sending rafts loaded with food, flowers and candles down the Mekong as offerings for the naga, today's giant bamboo rafts hold up to 20,000 handmade lanterns, and some designers add animation to the scenes.

Boat races, music competitions and other festivities run for a week, but the boats are launched only on the night of the full moon, which is Ork Phansaa (the end of Buddhist Lent).