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Anantara’s 2020 Elephant Boat Race and River Festival

 

Just before the world shutdown due to Covid-19 in March, Anantara held its annual charity event by the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, the 2nd Annual Elephant Boat Race and River Festival.

Visitors to the three day festival were treated to champagne tents, musical concerts by top bands including Paradox and Oat Pramote, live graffiti artwork by world renowned street artist Alex Face and spectacular fireworks displays.


Paradox


Oat Pramote

The festival also celebrated Thai culture with interactive workshops from the Thailand Kite Association and a selection of Thailand’s top restaurants and Bangkok’s favourite chefs.


Alex Face performing live graffiti artwork

 

Kite Workshop from the Thailand Kite Association 

Visitors enjoying kite flying on the event's ground 

 

The festival also celebrated Thai culture with interactive workshops from the Thailand Kite Association and a selection of Thailand’s top restaurants and Bangkok’s favourite chefs.


International celebrities seen at this year’s event included author and creator of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell and New York Fashion Designer Nicole Miller cheered on their favourite teams amongst the crowds.


Nicole Miller and Candace Bushnel with Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International

 

Funds from the event will be donated to various projects including funding vets, English teachers and conservation workshops to improve the year-round lives of elephants and mahout families in Surin Province where ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.  

 

The Elephant Boat Race

 


The final four teams

The final four teams – Raja Navy (Royal Thai Navy) – Citi, Thailand National Sports University Lampang Campus – Casillero Del Diablo; Samut Prakarn – PWC Thailand; Pradu Thong Goddess – Keith&Kym; went head to head in the thrilling final but it was last year’s winners the Raja Navy that blitzed the race winning the royal trophy graciously granted by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua.

See more pictures from the Elephant Boat Race & River Festival 2020 here.

 
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