By The Nation
Then on March 29 comes the Elephant Boat Race and River Festival next to the Anantara Riverside Bangkok – “elephanttheme dragon boats” will be racing, not elephants. People can watch from the banks of the Chao Phraya as international teams participate in the ageold cultural tradition.
Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats and Thailand’s Navy Seals will be competing. Enlivening the scene further will be an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation.
Tapping into its conservationist expertise, the hotel is leading the way in highimpact fundraising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.
On March 13, it hosts the Mountain Fete at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation Camp on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos.
The foundation will welcome schools, businesses and visitors interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation, which to date has rescued more than 60 exworking elephants from Thailand’s city streets.
The familyfriendly fete will feature such activities as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet and an arts and crafts market.
Tickets for the Bangkok event – which will also include a digital drydock rowing tournament open to all, an Old Siamtheme Ladies Day with prizes up for grabs, champagne tents, beer gardens and much family fun to come – cost Bt200 per day (Bt3,000 for VIP admission, Bt2,500 in advance, fee for children under 12). Go to www.Eventpop.me or www.BangkokRiverFestival.com.
All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.