THE BURAPA BIKE WEEK 2016
After the massive success of the 2015 Burapa Pattaya Bike Week the crossbar has been raised for this year’s event to at least match if not exceed all expectations.
This year the event is to be held at The Pattaya Sports Arena on the 13th and 14th February 2016. That is the official two days of the event although during the days that proceed and follow there are all kinds of bike themed activities being held everywhere in the city.
Last year thousands of big bike enthusiasts from all over the world descended on Pattaya to celebrate the 18th Burapa Bike week. Really it was an opportunity for groups of bikers in the eastern provinces and other parts of the country to mingle with many like minded foreigners to have a get-together.
The event was held in Eastern Region stadium and there were four main categories of bikes on display. Classic Bikes, American Bikes, Chopper Bikes and Indian Bikes each showcasing some of the best examples of their kind in Thailand.
It was the biggest and best event held so far and exceeded everybody's expectations. The theme of the week was welcome home and it rubber stamped the feeling of a fraternity gathering and meeting old friends. An estimated 50,000 actual bikers attended the event with another 50,000 interested sightseers joining in on all the fun.
Last yer the highly popular peace ride throughout the city, visiting Pattaya's famous landmarks was a huge success. Tourists lined the streets to watch the loud but riveting drive-by and were captivated at the awesome machines on display. Biker groups from Europe, America and Asia all attended the event and an estimated 10,000 extra hotel rooms were booked as a consequence.
On the evening of the 12th a spectacular pre-event concert took place in front of and inside Club Endorphin on Walking Street. A mixed crowd of bikers, tourists, models and musicians all gathered to witness Bumblefoot Thal of Guns N' Roses perform Sweet Child of Mine to a rapturous applause. But the fun did not end there as The Bonesmen took to the stage and rocked the house with Do It Again.
It was a perfect curtain raiser for the whole weekend and had Pattaya buzzing in anticipation for the following days fun and events.
However, there is a more serious side to the Burapa Bike Weekend and that is money. Firstly the bars, restaurants, hotels and local shops all benefit from the massive influx of Bikers that descend on the city and more surprisingly many charities also benefit from donations raised. Each Biker group selects their own charity and busily collects donations all over the weekend. Charities from all over Thailand benefit from the hard work and generosity of these noisy, fun-loving visitors and long may it continue.
This all whets the appetite for the 2016 Burapa Bike Week and the anticipation that it will really live up to last year’s event. If you have not already booked your accommodation then it would be a sensible idea to do it quickly as the hype is that 2016 is going to be even bigger and better.
Whatever is already penciled in your diary for 2016 ensure that the 13th and 14th of Februrary is free and make sure you get ringside seats for one of the best weekends held in the city.