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July 14, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

As Anantara Hotels, Resort and Spas prepares to host the 13th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament which takes place in Bangkok in August, they are taking a larger than life approach to help raise awareness and money for Thailand’s national symbol – the elephant.

Anantara has partnered with Elephant Parade® and some of Thailand’s biggest personalities of the stage and screen and asked them to share their larger than life artistic talents to help raise money through a silent ele-auction to be held during the tournament in Bangkok. 347759_num906786

The auction’s concept is for each celebrity to paint and decorate an Elephant Parade plain elephant, give him some love, attention and a lot of colour and make him larger than life in order to brighten up the future for all elephants of Thailand.

Some of Thailand’s top celebrities including: Woody MilintachindaCindy Bishop, Tanya EngtrakulPip Rawich, Mutmee PimdaoPut Putthichai,View WannarosePoo AnirutBee Matika, Paul PattarapolData DaranratchJeab KarnjanapornKae CholladaTook Chanokwanun,havelet their imaginations run wild and created their own elephant designs, bringing new life and unique characteristics that are sure to bring smiles to the future owners.

The annual tournament, now in its thirteenth year, has become one of the biggest charitable events in SE Asia. Over $US 750,000 has been raised and donated to projects that better the 347759_num906803lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population, including supporting research and clinics using elephants in therapy sessions for children living with autism; building the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand and donating a gantry to help lame elephants stand to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC).

A total of 50 street elephants will take part in this year’s tournament, during which they are well fed, provided with a native forest environment, and receive essential vitamin supplements, full veterinary checks and care for the duration of the event.  Street life and ‘unemployment’ can be tough for an elephant, walking through crowded tourist areas and busy roads for ten hours a night, forced to rest during the day on small green spaces within the cities, often without shade and water.  The King’s Cup schedule is deliberately designed to give these elephants rest and relaxation on a scale they are never afforded in their ‘normal’ lives.

Due to the popularity of the tournament the event is moving from the Royal seaside town of Hua Hin to take place this year at the Siam Polo Park at VR Sports Club in Bangkok. The four day festival will have something for everyone including an impressive opening parade, Children’s Day, Ladies Day and wide a range of fun elephant related activities for the whole family.

All the celebrity designed elephants will be displayed at the King’s Cup Elephant Polo pitch prior to the final auction at a gala dinner held at Anantara Bangkok Riverside on 29th August.

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