Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

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Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by Takiap » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:59 am

For those of you who enjoy the annual elephant polo championships in Hua-Hin, I' afraid to say the event has been moved to Bangkok. Saw this in the Bangkok Post yesterday.

A pity really because it was quite a pleasant day out.


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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by buksida » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:33 am

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has confirmed that the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will this year move from its original home of Hua Hin to the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, will take place at the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok between 28-31 August 2014.

The four day festival will have something for everyone including an opening parade, children’s day, ladies day and wide a range of fun elephant related activities for the whole family.

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 the years more than US$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).

Other projects include planting 4,000 trees to create elephant corridors in Kui Buri to help avoid elephant/farmer conflicts; funding the roll out of children’s educational programs with the Thai Ministry to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand, and funding workshops showing traditional elephant trainers and camp owners the benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training for domesticated elephants.

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.

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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by hhfarang » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:49 am

It moved a few years back up to Chiang Mai (I think), but came back to Hua Hin after a while. Maybe it will come back again in the future.
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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by PeteC » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:12 pm

Yep, time to pack the trunk. :shock:
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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by STEVE G » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:25 pm

I went along to the event last year and to be honest, I can see that the kind of high level corporate hospitality they had there would be more suited to Bangkok than anywhere else in Thailand.

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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by Merky » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:58 pm

prcscct wrote:Yep, time to pack the trunk. :shock:
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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by PeteC » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:37 pm

Dates and new venue location:

:...The popular King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will shift from its Hua Hin home this year to Siam Polo Park, in VR Sports Club at Bang Bo on the outskirts of Bangkok, for the first time from August 27 to 31......"

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Re: Elephant polo moved to Bangkok

Post by David Long » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:49 pm

This will be a big loss to Hua Hin, can not believe they have let this move to Bangkok

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