ANANTARA HOTELS AND RESORTS’ first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s national animal will feature elephant races from the banks of Mekong to the River of Kings, two quintessentially Thai locations.
Starting date is March 13, 2019 at Anantara Golden Triangle, where guests can rub elbows with the gentle giants in their natural habitat, before joining the Elephant Boat Race and festival in Bangkok next to the Anantara Riverside.
You’ll be able to watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.
The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt.
Anantara Hotels & Resorts is leading the way in high-impact fund raising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations, while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.
Festivities start at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort from March 13-14, 2019
Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle and its neighbouring GTAEF Camp will be host to a series of elephant-centred events in a picturesque mountain setting.
As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors, interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued over 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets.
It will feature activities such as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and an exclusive VIP evening function.
From March 15-17, 2019, the celebration moves to Ananatara Riverside Hotel for the Elephant Boat Race.
The second part of the event is located next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events with something for everyone.
Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats, with appearances from international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals.
Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River; on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam-themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, Champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun to come.
To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fund raising for their conservation and welfare, visit https://www.bangkokriverfestival.com/