Welcome to the Thailand Dragon Boat Festivals!
The Dragon Boat Festivals in Thailand are organised by the Destination Management Company Sail in Asia. The Pattaya and Phuket Dragon Boat Festivals are annual events in Thailand open to Corporate Company Teams and to International and Thai Schools. The aim of the event is to promote dragon boat to Youth and to Companies in the Asia Region.
The video below shows the Phuket International Dragon Boat Festival and as you will see gives the viewer a really clear idea of what is involved and how much fun Dragon Boating is for International Schools, Corporate Teams and Community Teams.
Corporate Social Responsibility Packages are also offered to Sponsors. Check out the Galleries and Movies to see what a fabulous Dragon Boat Festival in Thailand has to offer you.
The 'Land of Smiles' is pleased to play host to a new series of annual Dragon Boat Festivals that will showcase the dynamic beauty of two distinct regions of this amazing Kingdom From the mountains and river valleys of the north, to the central plains of the capital city and the stunning islands and beaches of the south, we invite you to join us!
|Pattaya||Friday 22 – Saturday 23||Nov 2013|
|Phuket||Coming Soon||Apr 2014|
The origins of Dragon Boat Racing are surrounded by myth and legend but what is known is that Dragon Boat Racing began more than 2,000 years ago on the banks of the rivers in the valleys of southern China as a fertility rite to ensure plentiful crops. The race was held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity - and the object of their worship was the dragon. The most venerated of Chinese zodiac deities, the dragon of Asia has traditionally been a symbol of water. It is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains.
Over the years a second story was integrated to give the festival a dual meaning - the touching saga of Qu Yuan. In a kingdom called Chu, in the fourth century B.C. there lived a great patriot and poet by that name of Qu Yuan. He championed political reform and truth as essential to a healthy state. The King, who had fallen under the influence of corrupt ministers, banished his most loyal counselor, Qu Yuan, from the kingdom. Left to wander the countryside, Qu Yuan composed some of China's greatest poetry expressing his fervent love and his deep concern for his country and its future. Upon learning of Chu's devastation at the hands of a rival kingdom, he leaped into the Mi Lo River holding a great rock in a display of his heartfelt sorrow. The people loved Qu Yuan very much and raced out in their fishing boats to the middle of the river in a vain attempt to save him. They beat on drums and splashed their oars in the water, trying to keep the fish and water dragons away from his body. The modern Dragon BoatRace is based upon a traditional re-enactment of the race to save Qu Yuan. Over the centuries, village fishing boats went out each year in a symbolic search, and began to take part in races that evolved into Dragon Boat Racing's present form.
Dragon Boat Racing is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. The first World Championships of Dragon Boat Racing was held in Hong Kong in 1976 but, since 2005, World Championship events have been awarded to Canada, China, New Zealand, England, Australia and the United States.
In 1991, the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) was formed in response to the explosive growth of the sport. The IDBF boasts over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries and a Commission was developed to oversee the standardization of equipment, rules and regulations. Dragon Boat Racing is great fun for anyone, young or old. Participants of any level of fitness can quickly adapt to and develop a passion for this sport. Although most international crews are either all male or female, the Thailand Dragon Boat Festivals will also welcome mixed teams from corporations, public service groups, charities, clubs, universities and high schools. A truly 'fun' event for all levels of ability and experience!
Dragon boats are long, slim, open boats that have been used in China for spiritual and competitive purposes for over 5000 years. The crew use single bladed paddles to drive the Boat. The modern design of the IDBF International Standard Racing Boat has a Crew of 22, consisting of 20 paddlers, one Drummer and a Helm or Steersman.
The IDBF is the SportAccord Member specifically for the sport of Dragon Boating and as such is the world governing authority for dragon boating. The IDBF is also an International Federation accepted by the Olympic Council of Asia. SportAccord, formally the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised organisation and as a Member of SportAccord, the IDBF abides by the terms of the Olympic Charter. Whilst the IDBF was only formally constituted in 1991, there has been traditional dragon boating in Southern China for over 2,000 years. Sail in Asia are an Affiliate Member of IDBF