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Nan's Hidden Gem: The Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival

Nan's Hidden Gem: The Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival

Nan's Hidden Gem: The Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival

Nestled in the heart of northern Thailand, the picturesque province of Nan has always held a treasure trove of cultural riches. While the region may not be as well-known as some of its neighboring provinces, those in the know understand that Nan boasts a history as rich as its landscapes. One of the province's best-kept secrets is the Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival, a spectacular event that blends tradition, history, and breathtaking scenery along the Nan River.

A Symphony of Synchronized Rowing

Picture this: Colorful long boats, adorned with intricate decorations, gliding gracefully along the tranquil Nan River. Each boat represents a village, and its crew is a testament to the power of teamwork. The rowers, working tirelessly in perfect harmony, create a spectacle that is nothing short of mesmerizing.


What makes this event truly unique is the spirit of camaraderie that permeates every race. It's not just about winning; it's about celebrating the unity and cultural heritage of Nan's communities. The synchronized rowing is a sight to behold, as these teams paddle their way to victory with unwavering determination.

A Glimpse into History

The Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival is not just about the races; it's a window into Nan's rich history. As the boats glide along the Nan River, they pass through the old heritage city of Nan. The city's ancient temples, historic buildings, and charming streets provide a captivating backdrop to the races.

These waters have witnessed centuries of history, and the boat races pay homage to the river's integral role in the province's development. The event serves as a reminder of the deep cultural roots that run through Nan and its people.

A Collaboration for Sustainable Development

At Kad Kokoa, we understand the significance of preserving and promoting the local culture and resources. That's why we are proud to work in collaboration with Amazing Thailand - Tourism Authority of Thailand and ISTC Chulalongkorn University, School of Agricultural Resources in Nan.

Our mission is clear: to support the local produce and geographical identity (GI) of Nan. We believe in harnessing the potential of organic cacao to create exquisite chocolate while contributing to the sustainable development of the region.

Our cacao farms in Nan are a testament to the dedication and hard work of local farmers. We're not just making chocolate; we're fostering a connection between our products and the beautiful landscapes of Nan. Every bite of Kad Kokoa chocolate tells a story of the region's rich heritage.

Experience Nan: Where Tradition Meets Scenic Beauty

When you visit Nan for the Annual Unseen Traditional Boat Racing Festival, you're not just witnessing a spectacular event; you're immersing yourself in the heart and soul of this enchanting province. The views of the Nan River, the vibrant boat races, and the historical city of Nan create an experience that is both awe-inspiring and culturally enriching.

As you explore Nan, take a moment to savor the flavors of Kad Kokoa chocolate. Our chocolates are a blend of tradition and innovation, just like Nan itself. With each bite, you're supporting local farmers and the preservation of Nan's unique identity.

So, mark your calendars and prepare for a journey to Nan that will leave you with memories of stunning landscapes, rich history, and the sweet taste of Kad Kokoa chocolate. It's an experience that you won't want to miss, and one that will stay with you long after you've left this hidden gem in northern Thailand.


By: Paniti Junhasavasdikul

Nan, September 2023