At the beachfront of InterContinental Resort Hua Hin in Thailand the fifth edition of the Asian Beach Polo Championship InterContinental-B.Grimm’, Asia’s only beach polo tournament, was held on a sunny day. Team Macau beat Hong Kong team with a score of 7-3 and won the Princess PA’s Cup. Prior to the final the match for third place took place with France winning against host team Thai Polo by 3-1.
A total of four teams took part in the beach polo tournament. The event started with horse parade for the official opening ceremony. Then, spectators saw how good the young Thai polo players were in the special Kids’ Polo match. The game once again was hosted by Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, former deputy prime minister and the advisory chairman of the organizing committee for Asian Beach Polo Championship and Mr. Harald Link, chairman of B.Grimm Group and president of Thailand Equestrian Federation, the first beach polo player in Thailand in his capacity as the organizing committee chairman for the Asian Beach Polo Championship.
The beach polo was set to raise funds for the ‘Kamlangjai Project’ or Inspire by Princess PA, initiated by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha to reach out to women in incarceration including pregnant inmates and their babies. The day concluded with dinner party on ‘Hua Hin Sweet Old Day’ theme at the hotel’s garden courtyard where guests enjoying the shows that brought back to the Hua Hin charm in 1920s. The charity still was on with the auction on three oil paintings by Hua Hin local artists. The charity auction raised an additional of 850,000 Baht for charity. The auction on oil painting was really for a good cause as more funds will be going to ‘Kamlangjai project’.
Hua Hin, approximately 230 kilometers south of Bangkok, is the oldest and most exclusive seaside resort of Thailand. Since king Rama VII had his summer palace build there in the middle of the 1920s, the Thai royal family spends the hottest months of the year regularly at the western Gulf of Siam. Many Bangkokers appreciate Hua Hin as a weekend and summer residence, too. The fishing village has become a meeting point of the Thai high society.