Anantara Announces Elephant Boat Race & River Festival

Anantara Hotels, Resort & Spas has announced Thailand’s first charity “Elephant Boat Race & River Festival” in celebration of Thailand’s majestic national animal. The fun filled three-day charitable event will take place on the banks of the mighty Chaopraya River next to Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort from 29th to 31st March 2019.

The first Elephant Boat Race & River Festival will feature competitions on the river in the form of dragon boat races, involving 12 teams including international teams from China and the Philippines going trunk to trunk with Thailand’s own including the Navy Seals paddling unique elephant themed and designed boats on the river.

While the teams battle it out on the river; on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, which is open to all on Friday, while professional rowers can battle for the Asia Cup on Saturday and Sunday. Come dressed to impress on Saturday with the Old Siam themed Ladies Day and a chance to win luxury stays in the Maldives, as well as champagne tents, beer gardens and food festivals. Friday and Saturday evenings comes alive with concerts featuring popular singers Burin and Atom and firework displays.

Tapping into its conservational expertise, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is aiming to raise significant charitable donations through ticket sales that will be donated to elephant related projects throughout Thailand while also generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fundraising for their conservation and welfare, please visit


  • 200 Baht per person per day
  • VIP tickets are available at 3,000 Baht per person per day (*eligible for free flow of drinks served at the VIP tents (Beer/Wine/Spirits) and light food snacks)
  • Early bird promotion: Special VIP ticket at 2,500 Baht (limited availability)
  • Free for children under 12

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The festival ground is located just 100 metre away from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok


  • Free parking is available at the event, Riverside Plaza and Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.
  • Free hotel shuttle boat service between Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin) and Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, every 20 minutes. Operating hours 7:20 am – 11: 30 pm.
  • Free shuttle service from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort to the pitch or enjoy a 5 minutes stroll.

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Editor’s Notes:

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 35 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Portugal, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa and South America. The brand’s premier vacation ownership programme, Anantara Vacation Club, extends the opportunity to own a share in the Anantara experience with a portfolio of 8 luxurious Club Resorts as well as travel privileges at partner resorts and hotels worldwide.

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