Elephant polo in Bangkok
You’ve seen camels and horses play polo, but if you’re visiting Thailand this month you’ll catch the unique sight of elephants playing the game at the Kings’ Cup Polo Tournament in Bangkok from March 9-12. The tournament raises money for projects that improve the lives of Thailand’s elephant population, and also the world’s first Thai elephant-assisted autistic therapy project, plus other community development initiatives. Thirty former street elephants will take part in this year’s festival that includes 10 teams and 40 players, some of who are Thai celebrities, professional (horse) polo players and New Zealand All Blacks rugby players. The four-day festival also includes an opening parade, an educational day and a ladies’ day known as The Bangkok Ascot. The Anantara Siam has a package with two nights’ accommodation, two tickets to the tournament, breakfast and two elephant polo shirts, from Dh865. Call 0066 2 126 8866.