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Fun, Food and Fashion at the opening of the Shangri-La’s WoW Bar
H.M. the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament 2008 returns to the Golden Triangle
Fun, Food and Fashion at the opening of the Shangri-La’s WoW Bar
“Whisky or Wine”, and a wonderful party
Charlie, Lina, Ting and Ogawa (l/r) enjoying the
of the WoW Bar at the Shangri La Hotel.
Guests and staff having a great time at the
opening of the WoW Bar. Julian, (F&B), Ratiya, (Event Coordinator), Golden
Whitehead, (Executive Chef), Phanarak, Philip, (GM), Vatcharakarn and Oui
The Shangri-la’s GM, Philip Dailey, (lucky
by some of the beautiful models at the opening of the WoW Bar.
Dang, Chai, Pond and Wood decided on the ‘red’
to celebrate the opening.
Waranon, Wit, Worakorn, Baoo and Maew - all
smiles for the camera!
Everyone having a wonderful time partying at the
Shangri-La’s WoW Bar.
The evening of March 21 signalled the sparkling occasion which celebrated
the opening of the totally transformed WoW Bar & Grill at the Shangri-La
hotel in downtown Chiang Mai. Just for those who don’t yet know, WoW stands
for Whisky or Wine - a very apposite name! The theme of the party was, just
for a very original change, Blue Denim and Jeans - most of the 180 guests
were more than happy to oblige. Upon arrival, they were escorted by the
staff - who also joined in the theme dress-wise - to the hotel’s lush
outdoor gardens for a souvenir photo. Everyone looked amazing and very, very
“cool” in their denim jeans, dresses, and miniskirts!
in one of the Cabanas watching the band.
The WoW Bar & Grill has been partly open for the last two months or so,
however, the remodelling has transformed it completely. Located next to the
swimming pool, the bar now has outdoor Cabanas large and small, with white
drapes and large cushioned seats where groups of friends can sit and enjoy
their own personal barbecue grill accompanied by their favourite whiskey or
wine. There is also a new stage outside, on which bands will perform
nightly. On this special night, a guest DJ provided a range of house and
dancing music which put everyone in the right mood - a mood enhanced by the
spectacular beauty of the full moon.
what a lovely party’ at the Shangri La Hotel.
The event was sponsored by the “Johnny Walker” company, thus ensuring that
plenty of Black Label was available, complemented, of course, by quantities
of red and white wine. Everywhere guests looked there were staff with trays
of drinks, and not an empty glass to be seen! Alongside the pool a giant BBQ
had been set up, with masses of succulent meat and fresh prawns, fish,
squid, and other seafood.
At 8 pm the Shangri-La’s GM, Philip Dailey, welcomed everyone. He had
promised he would only make a short speech - and he kept to his word! His
welcome was followed by a fashion show based on the denim theme, courtesy of
Lee Jeans, and then by some amazing ‘fire dancers & twirlers’, who
occasionally came very, very close to the guests! With so many beautiful
people, guests, staff and models it was very difficult to determine who was
actually who; and everyone present entered into the spirit of the party to
such a degree that the only word to describe this fabulous evening had to be
To top it all, every guest was invited to take a bottle of Johnny Walker
Black Label home and was offered a 20% discount when they return to the WoW
Bar & Grill with their family and/or friends. It was undoubtedly an evening
of Fun, Food and Fashion - now that is a First! WOW, again!
H.M. the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament 2008 returns to
the Golden Triangle
“It’s like playing golf from the back of a slowly moving Range Rover!”
Thailand’s highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament returns to
the hills of Northern Thailand between March 31 and April 6 this year,
at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Rai, which also has its
very own Elephant Sanctuary within its grounds. John Roberts, the
resident director of elephants, works closely with the government-run
Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang, and the tournament itself is a
charitable event which raises money for the National Elephant Institute,
also at Lampang. To date, the sum of $175,000 dollars has been donated
and has been used to provide medical care, food, employment, mahout
training and even an elephant ambulance. It should be pointed out that
the World Wildlife Fund has stated that the sport poses no threat to the
participating elephants. As one of the tournament’s founding fathers,
Jim Edwards of Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Nepal, pointed out, “Elephant
Polo is like playing golf from the back of a slow-moving Range Rover!”
spectators are welcome to attend the practice sessions on the afternoons
of March 29 and 30, the tournament itself will begin on March 31 at
10.59 am. with the ceremony of blessing the elephants, followed, at
noon, by a veterinary inspection of the participating pachyderms
provided by T.E.E.C’s mobile elephant clinic. The opening parade will be
at 3 pm, and will show the elephants in all their glory and splendour.
The first match takes place at 5 pm and is called the ‘Dream Team
Match’. Throughout the following week there will be many events taking
place, both on and off the field, together with social activities at the
Resort for both players and spectators alike.
This is the eighth King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament; the event moved
from its original site at Hua Hin to the Golden Triangle area in 2006.
Elephants are a key symbol of Thailand’s history and also its future;
during the tournament nothing but the utmost respect is given to the
giant pachyderms. Elephant Polo is also played in Nepal and Sri Lanka
and is governed by the World Elephant Polo Association which established
the various tournaments’ governing rules in 1981.There are eight teams
competing in this year’s tournament, including the “London Nellies
Classic Ladies”, the “Dubai World Tickle”, and the “Ivories’ along with
the home favourites, the “Anantara Team”. For more details of this
spectacular event, please visit www.anantara elephantpolo.com.
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