Anantara Hotels and Resorts has revealed plans for the first charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s national animal - the elephant
The spirit of elephants will shape the festival, said a statement, "from the jungle where visitors can get up close and personal with the pachyderms, to Bangkok’s buzzing waterfront where an artistic installation from the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) will make their presence felt".
Anantara Hotels & Resorts is working on high-impact fundraising for National Elephant Day, aiming to raise significant charitable donations while generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.
From March 27-29, 2019, The Mountain Fête will be held at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) Camp. As part of the celebrations, GTAEF will throw open its doors to local schools, businesses and visitors interested in interacting with the elephants in their natural environment and learning about the work of the foundation that to date has rescued more than 60 ex-working elephants from Thailand’s city streets. A family-friendly affair, the fête will feature such activities as Walking with Giants, an Elephant Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an exploration of Northern Thai cuisine and a VIP evening function.
From March 29-31, 2019, the Elephant Boat Race will take place next to the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Hotel with elephant boat racing and a fun-filled weekend of sporting and cultural events. Specially commissioned elephant heads will decorate the boats, and appearances are scheduled from international teams as well as Thailand’s own, Navy Seals.
Whilst the teams battle it out on the Chao Phraya River, on-land entertainment includes the digital dry dock rowing tournament, the Old Siam themed Ladies Day to musical concerts, champagne tents, beer gardens and much more family fun.