Back for its 14th year, the Anantara’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is packing its trunk and moving to Bangkok’s mighty riverside!
The tournament will be from 10 – 13 March 2016, by the riverside of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.
This annual tournament has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia. Almost US$1 million has been raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population, including continued support for research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand and a purpose built elephant ambulance to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), and donating an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to the Government Elephant Hospital in Krabi.
Other projects include funding farmer/elephant conflict mitigation projects in three Thai and one Tanzanian National Park; planting 4,000 trees to form an elephant proof fence in Thailand; fully funding the protection of 18,000 hectares of standing forest in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains; funding the roll out of children’s educational programmes with the Thai Ministry to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand and funding the world’s first Target Training Positive Reinforcement Workshops teaching mahouts and trainers throughout Southeast Asia elephant friendly training methods.
For this year’s event will have 10 teams encompassing over 40 players, including Thai celebrities, professional horse polo players, New Zealand All Blacks rugby players and Thailand’s famous transgender cabaret team Miss Tiffany.
A total of 18 elephants will be given a break from their work in tourist trekking camps in Pattaya or bought from unemployment in Surin to take part in the festival, during which they are given much needed food, essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event.
Spectators’ entrance is free of charge.
Stay packages available on Anantara website.
For more event information & updates, please visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com.
Information and images as kindly provided by Anantara Public Relations & Communications team.
If you have yet to plan your itinerary or vacation, do consider checking out this elephant polo tournament in Bangkok!
Imagine the amount of activities to do or try, celebrities who would be there… and interesting portraits, cultural and sports photos that one could take…
Sadly I wouldn’t be able to attend…
It will surely be an eye-opening experience, at least for me 😀