elephant polo, thailand
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Elephant Polo, Thailand

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The Facts
Flight timefrom UK: 12hrs 30mins; from US: 17hrs 35mins
Ideal length8 Nights
LocationThailand
PriceFrom £1,499 pp
When to goMarch 2009

Look forward to...

Witnessing one of the most unusual games on the planet in incredible tropical surroundings.

Watching elephants thunder around the pitch guided by their mahout as their riders swing for the ball.

Making the most of the coast and getting a taste of the wide range of watersports available at your hotel.

Unwinding with an age-old Thai massage and herbal scrub surrounded by lush seaside gardens.

big, wierd and definitely a story

An extraordinary event in a beautiful location: The annual Kings Cup Elephant Polo tournament promises you an unforgettable experience. Described as 'the biggest, weirdest, slowest, and most expensive game in Thailand' this really is a very unique sight and definitely something to talk about.

elephant polo in thailand

the best sport in siam

Established in 1982, this unique spin on traditional polo now attracts teams from all over the world and the crowds of curious tourists gathering to watch the spectacle increase year by year. Set in the luxurious surroundings of the Anantara Resort in Royal Hua Hin on the Gulf Coast of Thailand, the event is one of tropical glamour where the onus is very much on having fun with a series of parties running alongside the event.

pristine thai beach

your tropical surroundings

The Anantara Resort itself is the height of luxury and has one of the best wellbeing centres in the world. Its accommodation is reminiscent of an ancient Thai village with exotic interiors, quality service and tropical gardens surrounding the resort add to making this resort one of the most romantic and luxurious hideaways in Southeast Asia. So when you're not watching the madness you can retreat to a little pampering or relaxing on the beach looking out at the tempting turquoise waters that stretch out for miles.

Together these various opportunities add up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and some fantastic stories for when you get home.

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