What is even more impressive and classy than regular “horse polo” game? Elephant Polo of course!
Each year takes place the King’s Cup Elephant Polo in Hua Hin, located 2 hours away from Bangkok, Thailand. Here is a little summary of the 2013 edition.
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Each team has 3 players and elephants “driven” by their mahouts.
An elephant may not pick up the ball in its trunk during play. To do so constitutes a foul and a free hit is awarded to the opposing team from the spot where the ball was picked up. The defending players must be 15 metres from the spot.
Teams are made up from the pool of elephants and balanced out as fairly as possible bearing in mind size and speed of the elephant. Once the pool of elephants has been selected, each elephant is categorized and marked as A,B,C,D, E and F.
Sugar cane or rice balls packed with vitamins (molasses and rock salt) shall be given to the elephants at the end of each match and a cold beer, or soft drink, to the elephant drivers and not vice versa.
This even is a great opportunity for interacting with elephants. You can touch then and even get a short ride!
For further information
Please visit the official King’s Cup Elephant Polo website.