Racers from 24 teams had been chosen and trained several months earlier. 

At the event. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Big crowds gathered along the banks of the Mekong River to watch and cheer on the boats as they closed in on the finish line.

The annual race has existed for hundreds of years to pray for bumper harvest, good health and well-being.

It is also an homage to water divinities and the Nagas, who are protector of the country.

Source: VNA