Elephants in Thailand – An important symbol of the country’s beliefs and culture


Elephants form an important part of the Thai culture and beliefs, and can be easily visited when holidaying in Thailand. The link between the Thai people and these magnificent animals go back in history, as they play an integral role in the monarchy and religion amid other aspects of the country. White elephants hold a special significance in Thailand, as kings in the country have always had a herd of white elephants as a symbol of royalty. Even today in Thailand, white elephants are revered and considered to be special.

The importance of elephants in Thailand can be understood by the fact that the country celebrates the 13th of March annually as Elephant Day. However, over the last few years, the number of elephants in Thailand has diminished. Several projects and conservatories for these large animals have been set up all over the country to preserve them. Some of the popular ones in Thailand include the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, the Surin elephant gathering at the “ISAN” area, the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai and the Khao Yai National Park. In these places, you will not only be able to view elephants up close, but also engage in recreational activities with them. The Surin Elephant Gathering is a real treat to witness and is the biggest elephant gathering that takes place in the whole of Thailand, attracting plenty of tourists. The Elephant Nature Park is also a unique sanctuary and rescue center for elephants set in a scenic rural riverside mountain area. Home to approximately 30 elephants, this site is a beautiful one to visit.

Whilst holidaying in Bangkok, take time to make a trip to the famous Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo located an hour away from the city. Apart from viewing the elephants, the highlight at this attraction is the spectacular Elephant Theme Show. Sure to capture your heart whether you are young or old, this is a show not to be missed as it comes complete with sound effects, narration and much more. You are able to behold the sight of elephants at work, elephants engaging in competitive football and elephants re-enacting ancient battles among other highlights!

Travelers looking for the perfect Bangkok hotel accommodation base from which to explore the vibrant city of Bangkok, should look no further than the Bangkok President Solitaire. This luxurious and elegant Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel provides a cozy oasis of relaxation and style within the city’s bustling streets.


Source by Pushpitha Wijesinghe