Elephants are a symbol of Thailand. Thai elephant has been an integral part of Thai culture for centuries. The elephant is a symbol of prosperity, power and grace befitting a monarch. Revered by ancient kings, the majestic Thai elephant has taken a worthy place in Thai history, legends, literature and Buddhist folklore, art and architecture. From the beginning, the history of Thailand, elephants dutifully served the kings and commoners during the war, trade and work. Unfortunately, the wild elephants wandering in the forests of Thailand, significantly reduced in number. If at the beginning of the 20th century, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, today they have about 3000-4000. Half of this number are domesticated animals that live in other national reserves.
Because of the logging ban ten years ago, elephants lost their traditional sources of support. The tourism industry provides one of the few legitimate ways to earn a living for the owners of domesticated elephants. About two hundred elephants currently live and work in Phuket, through tourists can travel on elephantback through the jungle and along the river beds ( in total, there are about 25 different routes to travel on elephant back riding).
By Romanelli Ana
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Thailand is a wonderful exotic country! The largest island of Thailand is Phuket. It is located in the Andaman Sea, which is located in the Indian Ocean. This is a great place to relax. A heaven for tourists who love just to lie in the sun and for active recreation. Excellent hotels, real estate Phuket and the magnificent white sand beaches will remain in your memory for a long time. The hospitable people of Phuket are always happy to receive tourists.
The name Phuket is translated as "mountain" and it's actually very similar to the green mountain, which rises in the Andaman Sea. The significance of Phuket to Thailand since ancient times is very great. After all, it is considered a commercial and a cultural center. Many historical monuments have survived to the present day. So do not miss the chance to see them.
The Temples in Phuket are astonishingly varied and beautiful. I would like to mention the details of the temple of Wat Hong Prat. That it contains a large statue of Buddha. Its more than once that the Burmese army attacked and tried to dig out of the ground and carry it. But they failed. Another amazing place is Wat Chai Tararam considered the most popular in Phuket. After all, there is a stone of Buddha. The structure, which houses the bone, called the "chedi" is often searched by tourists.
Speaking about the island of Phuket, I would like to also mention the Forest Park Khao Phra-Theo. There are two beautiful waterfalls: Tonsai waterfall and Bangpe. They are the ornament of the park. The Park Khao Phra-Theo is a real jungle and it is found in many exotic animals and birds. Brought from other places, the traumatized monkeys get good treatment here. Especially for them, the park is conducting a program to adapt to new conditions of life. Framed by white sandy beaches washed by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea,
Phuket is considered to be a tropical paradise. Here are some of the most magnificent beaches in the world and the best resort hotels. Phuket offers a diverse vacation - from simple bathing in the sun before sailing, scuba diving, traveling on the sea in a canoe to playing golf.
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand, the pearl of the Andaman coast. Located on the south-west of the country, 862 kilometers from Bangkok (70 minutes by Thai Airways), Phuket is one of the most prestigious resorts in the world, famous for the exotic nature, white coral beaches, rich marine life and the most exquisite sea food in Thailand. The best season for holiday in Phuket is from late October till April. From May to late October monsoons bring south-westerly winds from the tropical rains, which, however,are quickly replaced by sunny weather. This period is the best for windsurfing, so that if you are not afraid of occasional rain Phuket is waiting for you in summer.
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