Elephant Polo, Who Knew?

September 4 – 10, 2006
Chiang Saen Secondary School, Golden Triangle,
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Spectator entrance is free of charge.

Thailand’s highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament heads for the hills in 2006. Event organiser Anantara Resorts announced that the 2006 tournament would take place from 4-10 September in the northernmost region of the country popularly known as the Golden Triangle.

This annual event, ranked as the sixth largest event on the Thai tourism calendar has, for the past five years, taken place in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, situated 220km south of the Thai capital Bangkok. The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Vice-President, Christopher Stafford and is a charitable event that raises money for the country’s National Elephant Institute in Lampang, northern Thailand.

In just five years the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament has gone from a small 2-day event with 6 teams into a week-long extravaganza, which in 2005 featured 16 teams from 3 continents encompassing 55 players from 15 countries.

Author: Devin Galaudet

Before being Editor-in-Chief of In The Know Traveler and In The Know Traveler USA, Devin has had stints in antiques, construction, film and as a professional card player. Devin Galaudet has now found his niche combining his passion for travel and writing. Devin still freelances for a popular trade publication and honors this path as a labor of love. When he is not writing Devin enjoys his pixie-like thirteen-year-old daughter and reading confusing esoteric books. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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