After a nice picnic lunch it was time to head back to Pakse Boat Racing Festival ground. The relatives didn’t want us to leave and told us we had to come back after the boat races. It took us 20 minutes to walk back which was a good pace with all the food that we ate. Of course I went wandering off from the group to get a better view and better photos and clips. It was getting more intense with so many teams competing for the last three spots for the final round. You have to be there to really appreciate the crowds cheering their hearts out for their favorite teams or their villages. Bets were being made no doubt and there will be winners and losers by the end of the day.
Having following the Champassak Army Team my heart was with them. The team was the winner of the 2007 Boat Racing Festival and I wanted them to retain their title.
The final race of Pakse Boat Racing Festival took place after 3:30 PM with Champassak Army, Don Nang Loy, and Pa Phin fighting for the championship title. It was emotional for me to witnessed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat by the losing teams. In the end there can only be one victor and the best team on water that day would take home the title. This was not the year for the Champassak Army Team and they were not able to hang on to their title for a consecutive year and the trophy went to Pa Phin Team.
By 4:00 PM we were heading back to visit uncle Khao’s relatives once again. It was so crowded and we were moving at the speed of turtle. I was just happy not to be the driver for that day because it’s like dangerous on the road with so many people not following the rules of the road. I don’t know how some of the people got their driving license and when you are in Laos, getting home alive is a blessing.