Long boat racing is a sport believed to have started about 400 years ago. There's no historical evidence of its origin, but the earliest boat racing recorded in Thailand was during King Ekathotsarot (1605-1610) of the Ayutthaya Period.
During King Ekathotsarot reign, boat racing was normally manned with soldiers. As time passed by however, the once simple routine of training able oarsemen for use in war became what is now known as "Long Boat Racing Festival". It's popular in Thailand that other provinces such as Phichit and Ayutthaya have their own racing as well.