Elephant polo

This item appears on page 82 of the November 2008 issue.

In the seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand, the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will be held in 2009 on March 23-30 on the grounds of the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort (phone +66 53 784 084 or e-mail goldentriangle@anantara.com). The event raises money for the National Elephant Institute.

Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (New York office, 212/432-0433, www.tourismthailand.org), the tournament is part of the World Elephant Polo Association World Series, with games also in Nepal (December 2008) and Sri Lanka (February 2009).

Entry is free. The week-long extravaganza in 2008 featured 12 teams from 15 countries. Hua Hin is south of Bangkok, about an hour’s drive from Chiang Rai International Airport.