Ele­phant polo in Bangkok

Friday - - Travel -

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.

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