Cambodian boat builders seek to set world record

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Guinness Book of World Records representatives will evaluate a Cambodian bid for having the world’s longest wooden boat on November 12 in Prey Veng province’s Peam Ror district.

The representatives will assess the size of the boat and its technical specifications before announcing their decision at the end of a ceremony in the district’s Prek Ksay Kor commune.

The official said the committee wanted to build the boat in Prey Veng city but the water level had receded. He noted that they chose to build the boat in the commune instead.

The boat is 87.3 meters long and 1.99 meters wide and can carry 179 people.

Tob Neth, an official with the boat building committee, said yesterday that work on the boat started in April and is now complete.

He noted that China holds the present world record with a 77.78 meter-long boat from 2016.

“During national boat racing events, Prey Veng enters a lot of long boats to race in Phnom Penh,” he noted. “People there have a lot of experience in building long boats and that is why we expect to set the world record.”

In July, Cambodia set a new Guinness World Record for the longest krama in the world. The krama was 1,149-metres long.

The project was an initiative of GoGo Cambodia, an organisation established by youths to promote national pride. Weaving ran from February 13 until June 28 at Veal Preah Mehru in front of the National Museum.

The weaving event attracted 338,050 national and international visitors. At least 22,314 registered to learn how to weave and 19,771 contributed to the record.

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