Photos of Asian Elephants (Thailand, Vietnam , Laos, Nepal and India)
This series includes live elephants and artistic representations like paintings and sculptures, and Ganesha the Hindu Elephant Deity, or Erawan the mythological three-headed white elephant.
Those photos were shot in Thailand in May 2008 (Bangkok) and in March-April 2005, where I traveled with my friend Anke Rega.
Related Set: Forensic medicine museum - Siriraj Hospital (Bangkok).
Our 25-day tour in 2005 included, in chronological order, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanabury, Nam Tok, Erawan, Nam Tok Huai Mae Khamin, Thong Pha Phum, Sangkhla Buri, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Ban Pa Rai Nok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phanom Rung, Si Racha, Chantaburi, Ko Chang, Phimai, Nong Khai, Ban Phu, Wang Saphung, Loei, Dan Sai, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Si Ratchanalai, Chiang Mai, Tham Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai, Tha Ton, the Wieng Haeng loop, Pai, Muang Paeng, Tham Lot, and many other fantastic places that are not on the maps.
We were lucky to be in the Phanom Rung historical park during the annual festival, during which the history and legends associated with this religious monument are re-enacted by hundreds of actors, dancers and musicians in a very impressive celebration.
We also had the chance to be in Chiang Mai during Songkran, the Thai New Year (April 13th through the following week-end). During this holidays period, a Thai tradition consists in throwing copious amounts of water to others as a way to wish a happy new year. Chiang Mai's old defensive moat provide a endless source of water for the occasion.
Camera used: Sony DSC F828 (8 Mega-pixel) with 4GB Microdrive.
Photos of the Khao Phanom Rung Festival 2005 in the Phanom Rung Historical Park (Thailand)
The traditional festival takes place every year at full moon in the 5th lunar month, April. There are virtually no tourists there, but it's a very popular event for Thai people.
It's an amazing event, visually stunning and highly recommended if you travel in Thailand at this period.
More information on the Prasat Phanom Rung festival can be found here: www.sundial.thai-isan-lao.com/tpr-festivities.html
For more information on the Phanom Rung Historical Park, check this Wikipedia article.