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Area (sq km): 514,000
Population: 65,444,371
Nationality: Thai
Local Name: Thailand
Language: Thai,
Chinese,
Malay
Time Zone: +7 GMT
Currency: 1 bhat = 100 stang
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Capital: Bangkok
Dialling Code: +66
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .th
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim
Climate: Monsoon,
Tropical Equatorial
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Inoculations: Yellow Fever
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.30
Major Airports: Bangkok(BKK),
Chiang Mai(CNX),
Pattaya(UTP),
Phuket(HKT)

King's Cup Elephant Polo from Thailand villas

Polo is often considered the sport of kings. For a week at the beginning of September polo takes on a whole new face. At the beautiful resort of Anantara in Hua Hin, the King's Cup Elephant Polo match is a delight for spectators who stay in Thailand villas as the world’s best polo players trade in their horses for elephants.

Elephant polo
Elephant polo

Elephant Polo at Hua Hin

Hua Hin is located south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Siam, Thailand’s east coast. The polo pitch for the King's Cup Elephant Polo competition is one-third the size of a normal polo pitch. See this unexpected event when you book Thailand villas near Hua Hin.

Three elephants go head to head for two 10-minute chukkas and a 15-minute half. Elephant Polo originated in Nepal and was brought to Thailand in 2001. When you stay in Thailand villas you will see the games follow the rules laid down by the World Elephant Polo Association. The official world championship takes places every December in Nepal.

King's Cup Elephant Polo

The King's Cup Elephant Polo is in early September and spans one week. The games actually occur on the last two days, but the area spends a bit more time kicking off the excitement. Food, drink and music have made the tournament a popular festival in Thailand.

The best part is that the games remain free due to sponsorship and the whole event's proceeds go to charity. All of the money, so far totalling over $120,000, has gone to the National Elephant Institute helping to care for elephants and their trainers.

Get close to the King's Cup Elephant polo action from Thailand villas brought to you by VillasPeople.com.

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