Travel Gossip: 12th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament Triumphs in Hua Hin

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Bangkok Bank wins 12th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas.


First time participant Bangkok Bank beat Mercedes Benz by a score of 13-10 to win the 12th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, which was held over the weekend in the Thai seaside resort city of Hua Hin.

A total of 50 street elephants took part in the tournament, which drew participants from Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

There was even a team of transgender “ladyboys” from a cabaret show in Pattaya, but they came in last.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Thai Elephant Therapy Project and children with Down’s Syndrome and other conditions.

The event is sponsored by Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, Audemars Piguet, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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