Friday, October 30, 2009

Elephants carrying tourists in Ayuttaya, Thailand.


AyutthayaThe elephant has been held in high regard by the Thais ever since the eve of the Buddha's birth, when his mother dreamed that a white elephant gave her a lotus blossom (the symbol of purity and wisdom). At one time, Thailand boasted a 20,000-strong army of war elephants, and ancient records detail great battles fought from the back of these mighty beasts. Today, with less work in the forests the elephants are now mainly employed in ‘Jumbo tourism', giving tourists rides, posing for photos - and even painting pictures. These elephants were used to carry tourists in one of Thailand's most popular historical attractions, Auttaya.  Read more...

Originally uploaded by Thailand Travel Blog

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