Riding an Elephant in Thailand

By John Reality, Cambodia, June 2012

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Though many foreigners traveling in Thailand have misgivings about the ethics of riding elephants or attending elephant shows, it’s important to note that Thais have been living and working in close quarters with them for thousands of years. Mahouts (traditional elephant trainers) have evolved a reverent and conscientious approach to establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship with the massive creatures. Owing to the fact that elephant and human life spans are so similar, many mahouts and their wards establish lifelong bonds.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Thailand Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Thailand.

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