The thundering sound of running pachyderms has been reverberating around Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort over the weekend signalling Thailand’s annual jumbo corporate social responsibility (CSR) event of the year, the Anantara Resorts/ King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament.
Held for the 15th year, the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament raises money to provide aid and assistance for wild and captive Thailand elephants, with more than US$1.3 million having been raised to date.
The opening on Friday, March 10, delivered a spectacle of seasoned elephant polo players including last year’s champions representing the event sponsor, King Power (Nattapong Pratumlee, Satid Wongkraso and Tom Claytor), the PWC All Blacks featuring international rugby players Olo Brown, Stu Wilson, and Charlie Richelman, and Casiliero Del Diablo, represented by Argentina’s finest polo players Agustin Kronhaus, Manuel Albizu, and Franck Constant.
Following a traditional Thai parade featuring the last of Thailand’s elephant spirit men (Kru Ba Yai), chanting Buddhist monks waving bundles of smouldering incense, and the prerequisite blessings and prayers, the event the elephants had been waiting for got underway… a free-flow fruit, grass, and vegetable buffet where there were no expectation of table manners.
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