Elephants were commonly found in the northern Thai and have been engaged with Thai Nation for long time.
In the past, elephants had been trained for combat on the battlefields along with Thai nation.
In the colonial era, elephants played a vital role in the logging industry such as hauling timbers. Without elephants in the logging industry, these might be found very difficult for those in the past.
Moreover, white elephants were and are still considered sacred for Thai people, especially the Lanna people. Elephants were also used as a “means of transportation” in the old days.
Chiang Rai is the city with richness of local artists as it is well-known as the “City of Artists”
(source : “Art Bridge Chiang Rai” – There are more than 264 local artists in Chiang Rai)
Chiang Rai is one of among few cities in Thailand which has 3 National Artists,
Mr Damrong Wong-Uparaj, Mr Thawan Duchanee, and Mr Chalermchai Kositpipat.