You may have heard of the super-exclusive Queen’s Cup polo tournament, but the Anantara King’s Cup is an entirely different polo event where elephants take the centre stage. This unique annual festival is among Thailand’s most chic happenings, backed by the eponymous luxury hotel brand.

On our visit to its 14th anniversary in Bangkok last March, we rubbed shoulders with local and international celebrities alike, from New Zealand All Black rugby players, to supermodels, to Miss Tiffany’s transgender performers.

The event raises money to better the lives of wild and domesticated elephants in Thailand, to date raising over US$1 million.

To find out more about responsible elephant tourism in Thailand, read The Big Dream, part of our Amazing Thailand Issue.