The 22nd Burapha Bike Week is a family friendly festival featuring bikers, big wheels, many stalls and live music.
The event takes place at the Pattaya Sports Arena on Soi Chaiyaphruek 2 and will be staged from the 14th to 16th February. As usual, it kicks off with a ‘Ride for Peace’ parade which is then followed by live music on the main stage that starts at 7pm when bikers from around Thailand and indeed the world descend on Pattaya. The live music will be performed by top Thai and international artists including Lam Morrison.
Of course, the proceedings aren’t just aimed at the biking fraternity but everyone. There is something for bikers, expats, tourists and the young and the old so it is well worth popping along. As always, there will be plenty of food and entertainment on offer with many feeling that this is more of the focus than the bikes themselves. There is without doubt a very festival-like feel to Burapha Bike Week and large sums of money are raised for charity.
The music is certainly loud and proud with very much a rock and electric theme. This is generally appealing to most people but if it isn’t, you can easily get away from the main stages and enjoy the many other forms of entertainment that are on offer. It is highly unlikely that you will hear any negativity about the event and it should always be remembered that the main purpose is to raise money for charity whilst having fun at the same time.
Whilst the music plays across two stages, there will be lots of vendors selling all the parts and accessories that you would ever need to make your bike stand out from the crowd. This year’s event will include and display from Vespa along with Honda amongst many other manufacturers within the motorcycle industry. If you own a motorbike, looking to purchase a bike or maybe some accessories this is definitely the place to come and you certainly won’t be disappointed.
As most people will be aware, the bikers are a close-knit group who always look out for each other. That being said, they are always friendly and welcoming and everyone who attends the festival talks about how welcome they were made to feel and how much they enjoyed it. In fact, most people who do go along do so on annual basis and once you have been once, you will probably fall into that category yourself.
This is a very family orientated event with plenty for the young and the young at heart to do. This means that the kids won’t miss out with plenty of entertainment also available for their benefit. The bands play throughout the day, the vendors turn up early and the food is also warm and fresh whilst the beers are cold and welcoming. It may even encourage you to take more of an interest in the bikes themselves when you see some of the magnificent machines that are on show!
It is strongly advised that you turn up early for the festival as well as being prepared for disruption on the roads during the Ride for Peace Parade. The roads nearby are likely to be very crowded and although there is parking available with large numbers in attendance, it can at times be at something of a premium. If you are planning on getting home early, allow yourself to get away in order to minimise disruption to your plans. That being said, there are always plenty of stewards in attendance to try and make the whole thing run as smoothly as possible.
If this is something that you haven’t been to before it is definitely worth going to. The live music, food, beverages and, of course, bikes are absolutely fantastic. You will thoroughly enjoy the day or perhaps the week depending on how frequently you can attend whilst at the same time helping to raise money for some very important causes and charities in and around Pattaya.
Who knows, you may even get to see some celebrities in attendance too!