The elephants have packed their trunks

The highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Thai royal seaside town of Hua Hin from September 5 to September 11 and promises to have nail-biting action on and off field. The annual event has raised more than $US300,000 for projects taking care of Thailand’s elephant population.

Elephants are a key symbol of Thailand’s history, and nothing but utmost respect is given to the pachyderms and all proceeds of the tournament are used to ensuring their welfare, sustenance, employment, mahout training and medical treatment.

With free admission for everyone, spectators can rub shoulders with European and Asian royalty, international sporting stars and local celebrities.  If you care about that sort of thing. The week-long event has something for everyone including a spectacular opening parade with big brass bands, Thailand’s last elephant spirit men (Kru Ba Yai), traditional dancers, elephants of course, and a wide range of food and drink outlets.

International and local celebrities have donated their artistic talents by decorating elephant replicas which will be on display throughout the event and will be auctioned off for charity at the final gala dinner. How you would pack one of those into your suitcase or… trunk… is a mystery.

The event will see teams including royalty go trunk to trunk to win the coveted King’s Cup trophy. The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

The 10th Annual Kings Cup Itinerary includes: September 5 – Monk & Elephant Blessing Ceremonies, Grand Parade & Elephant Buffet;  September 6 – Competition games all day; September 7 – Hoteliers Cup;  September 8 – Competition games all day;  September 9 – Ladies Cup Day and Quarter Finals; September 10 – Semi Finals and Gala Dinner Night; September 11 – Grand Finals Day.

More info: www.anantaraelephantpolo.com

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