Packs its Trunk and Moves to Bangkok
Mark it in your diaries, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is announcing the 2014 dates for the highly popular King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. This year's event will move from its original home of Hua Hin to the Thai capital of Bangkok from August 28th - 31st and promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the field.
The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, has become one of the biggest charitable events in SE Asia. Last year's event which had 16 teams encompassing over 50 players, including Thai supermodels, professional horse polo players, the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team and Thailand's famous transgender cabaret team Miss Tiffany's was a far cry from the small two teamed event back when it started in 2001. Over USD 750,000 has been raised and donated to projects that better the lives of Thailand's wild and domesticated elephant population.
Fundraising from last year's event has been donated to a number of projects in Thailand including supporting research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; building the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand and donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC).
A total of 50 street elephants will take part in this year's tournament, during which they are well fed, provided with a native forest environment, and receive essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event. Street life and 'unemployment' can be tough for an elephant, walking through crowded tourist areas and busy roads for ten hours a night, forced to rest during the day on small green spaces within the cities, often without shade and water. The King's Cup schedule is deliberately designed to give these elephants rest and relaxation on a scale they are never afforded in their 'normal'lives.
Due to the popularity of the tournament the event will move from the Royal seaside town of Hua Hin to the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok. The four day festival will have something for everyone including an impressive opening parade, Children's Day, Ladies Day and wide a range of fun elephant related activities for the whole family.
For more information on the 13th Annual King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, please visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com
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