Bangkok's elephant parade

In most people's worlds, elphants and resorts don't naturally seem to go together. Unless its Bangkok, and the hotel happens to be Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas which is partnering with Elephant Parade® and Thailand's top celebrities and artists to bring the world's largest open air art exhibition, Elephant Parade® Bangkok, of 88 life-sized brightly decorated elephant statues to town in honor of the 88th birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The exhibition will see a herd of 1.5 metre brightly coloured elephants – which have been specially decorated, hand painted, and made for Thailand and will be exhibited throughout key locations throughout the city, starting on 1st December 2015 at Parc Paragon at Siam Paragon, the first world-class luxury shopping centre in Thailand, until the 18th.

The first major Elephant Parade was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2007 and has since been exhibited throughout some of the world's largest cities including London, Amsterdam, Milan and Hong Kong. The Bangkok Elephant Parade will be a first for Thailand and the only one for Bangkok.

The event was originally created after founder Marc Spits and his son Mike visited the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, which treats sick and injured elephants. There they saw Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her leg after stepping on a landmine when only seven months old and was the first elephant to receive a prosthetic limb. She is fitted with a new leg every year, and must then learn to walk all over again. 

In February 2016 a selection of elephants from the parade will be auctioned off at a charity gala dinner at Anantara Siam Bangkok with the proceeds going to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation which in turn will select and fund a range of sustainable programs that benefit the elephants of Thailand including, Wildlife Alliance, Freeland, WildAid, Think Elephants and Thai Elephant Therapy Project. Find out more...

 

 

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