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10 reasons to attend Bangkok Riverside Fest

Bangkok Riverside Fest 2023 held on the 3rd – 5th February along the Chao Praya River next to Anantara Riverside Resort is filled with endless activities and events for all the family. Peruse the open-air vintage shopping, dance the night away with live DJs and concerts, dine on fabulous food and drink, and cheer for your favourite at the exciting river races.  Here are the things that Anantara loves the most that make the event stand out from the crowd:

1. Elephant boat race

The highlight of the event. Watch as current champions the Royal Thai Navy Seals compete against seven other teams in this high-stakes competition in beautiful Thai long-tail boats. The races culminate in a prestigious awards ceremony on Sunday evening.

2. Music

What’s a festival without music! Dance away to live DJ sets and some of Thailand’s biggest artists who will be putting on mini outdoor concerts. On Friday, guests will groove to PiXXiE, Poly Cat, and V Violet. Saturday will bring out MEAN, Lipta, and 4Eve; and finally, Patrickananda and Wanyai and Mon Monik will be closing out the show on Sunday.

3. Dog friendly

Bring the whole family! This wonderful weekend event is fun for all ages and members of the clan, including the four-legged kind with plenty of space for them to run and play.

4. Paddle-boarding and kayaking

Marvel at the riverside as professional kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders take part in a number of high-intensity fun races. Watch in wonder as they avoid falling into the river!

5. Tug of war

Enjoy the intensity of the tug-of-war style boat battles on the water as rowers compete in this friendly, powerful game on the water. Be prepared to get splashed!

6. The gourmet zone

There’s something for everyone. Feast on a mix of festival food staples, Thai street food classics and international dishes from Thailand’s top restaurants and Bangkok’s favourite chefs.

7. Beer and wine garden 

A relaxing area for guests to sit back and cool down sipping an indulgent artisan cocktail, chilled glass of wine or craft beer, watching the festival goers as they stroll by.

8. Flea market

Peruse the colourful flea market and indulge in some retail therapy while simultaneously supporting local artisans and independent businesses, selling everything from clothing, local handcraft items and souvenirs.

9. Keep the kids entertained

With kite making from the Thai Kite Festival Association and a Playzone including Euro Bungee and a Zorbbal Race Track, the festival will keep the little ones and the young at heart entertained.

10. It’s all for a good cause

There’s nothing better than celebrating in style and knowing it’s all for a good cause. Not only does the festival aim to capture the spirit of community and celebrating local culture, it also raises charitable donations for elephant-related projects throughout Thailand.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. I may be in Bangkok on business at that time. This would really brighten up my trip.

  2. The elephant boat looks fairly similar to a dragon boat to me.

    I’ve seen a few dragon boat races and I’m always surprised by the speeds that they get up to.

  3. As an escape from the winter blues we often head to Thailand. Not going this year, and looking ahead to 2024, is the fest likely to be an annual event?

  4. What a great event. One of the things that makes it so nice is that it’s offering something for all the family.

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