Bangkok’s “River of Kings”, the mighty Chao Praya River conjures visions of sacred temples, royal palaces and floating markets. Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas adds to this list with the inaugural Elephant Boat Race & River Festival taking place March 29 – 31, 2019 on the banks next to Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. We’ve listed 9 great reasons to get in on the action and join Bangkok’s social scene for a jam-packed weekend of not to be missed live music, tantalizing food and sporting prowess on the water.
1. An opening ceremony with a cultural twist.
Graceful traditional Thai dancers, local Buddhist monks, revered Hindu Brahmin’s and big brass bands will open the event on 29th March. This stunning celebration of Thai culture and history reflects the inclusive nature of the weekend. It sets the scene for this exciting festival.
2. Trunk to trunk action on the water.
Thailand’s top paddlers battle it out with international teams in elephant themed dragon boat races on the mighty Chao Phraya River. Teams will challenge Thailand will go head to head in a race for victory; with the winners taking home Thailand’s inaugural King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race trophy.
3. Everyone can participate in the Indoor Rowing Championships.
Too competitive to remain a sideline spectator for long? The Asia Cup Rowing Championships are open to the public on Friday and everyone is encouraged to participate. The dry dock rowing requires no prior experience and all fitness levels are welcome.
4. Thailand’s chart-topping pop stars in concert.
There will be live music with an array of evening open air concerts. Friday night’s line-up features J Jetrin, credited with introducing Thai audiences to rap music; and chart topper Atom, who is known for hits “Aow” and “Please”. New Jew will belt out soulful ballads and Singto Numchok plays his personal brand of surf-rock, reggae-pop.
5. Bangkok’s finest restaurants pop ups feed the crowds.
A host of Bangkok’s celebrated chefs and renowned restaurants will be serving up their signature dishes at the festival. Expect an array of Thai culinary delights from revered Bangkok restaurants and wash it down with an artisan cocktail.
6. It’s all about the ladies on Saturday.
On Saturday, the ladies (and gents) can get dressed up for a chance to win a trip to the Maldives. The dress theme is Old Siam and there will be several prizes up for grabs.
7. Sip Champers With a Chaopraya River view.
Amid the festival grounds champagne and beer tents will be strategically positioned to provide the best vantage point for on the river action and nightly fireworks displays.
8. Families will have just as much fun, if not more.
Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy the fireworks and all-weekend fun fair at the festival. Creative painting workshops and interactive displays will help kids to expand their knowledge and appreciation for Thailand’s national animal.
9. Close the weekend on a high (jazzy) note.
The closing ceremony will be just as high octane with a vintage car show and live jazz performances. Begin at the vintage car show, admiring the timeless sleek lines and the luster of polished chrome. Then sit back with a refreshing drink and relax to the sounds of soulful jazz.
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