Cambodia is preparing to construct the longest wooden boat to break a world record currently held by China by making a boat about 85 metres long that can hold nearly 200 people.
Sar Sokha, vice president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, said on Tuesday in a press conference at Prey Veng Provincial Hall that UYFC is planning to construct the boat and is aiming to have it completed by June.
“We are going to build a boat 85 metres long that can carry 179 people and the purpose is to break the world record,” he said. “This is a challenge for all our youths.”
Mr Sokha said that in the next few days, a working group will deliver the wood to construct the boat in Prey Veng.
“The boat will be built in Prey Veng province and we will make it in the same style as the boats used in the Water Festival races,” he said. “In June, we will invite Guinness World Record officials to visit the boat and see if it has broken the world record.”
“First, when we thought about this work everyone was scared, but I think that if we all work together, we can do it,” he added.
The Chinese boat is about 78 metres in length, he noted.
Cambodia is also producing the world’s longest hand-woven scarf, at about 1,000 meters long, to set another Guinness World Record.