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HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI & up north Northern Lights and Sounds Since 1999, Chiang Rai hosts an annual light and sound show to highlight the culture and daily lives of the Akha hill tribes who live in the hilltop villages in Mae Chan district. Staged once a month during the tourist high season, the festival includes performances of the Akha tribe’s unique culture and lifestyle, including children’s games. Ornately-done handicrafts are also on display. Tel: +66 (0) 53 602 579-80 tourismthailand.org SPOTLIGHT Polo Playing Elephants Elephants play polo? In addition to soccer? Although the sport is commonly played on horses, there is a long history of playing polo on elephants, with its origins tracing back to Nepal. The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen hosts the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament on its grounds. Ten teams from different countries participate in the tournament. In addition to polo, there’s a whole host of elephant-related activities such as a parade and painting. Proceeds from the event get donated to Thailand’s National Elephant Institute. anantaraelephantpolo.com 92