Elephant Boat Race & River Festival

The River

29-31 March 2019

By the riverside next to Anantara Riverside Bangkok

Boat races and river festivals have been an integral part of Thailand’s cultural heritage for centuries. From the regal Royal Barge processions to longboat races to demonstrate military prowess, Thais all over the country congregate along the riverbanks to revel at these vessels and of course, to party!

The Elephant Boat Race & River Festival combines the excitement of boat racing with the love and joy of elephants in a culmination of Anantara Hotels’ week-long celebration of Thai National Elephant Day. For this unique tournament, teams will paddle boats festooned with the image of the beloved elephant, channelling their strength and power to help them to victory. And yes, elephants can swim!

On land, spectators will be treated to a huge array of entertainment and fun for all ages. Ranging from music, to food, to educational immersive experiences and celebrations of Thai culture throughout the weekend.