18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Golden Giants

Guided by the first light of day, native mahouts use the power of elephants to plow rice fields. In Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai, hill tribes have trained these giants for decades to cultivate mountainous terrain.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2020
Photo Location: Rural Chiang Mai, Thailand
Camera: NIKON D3100
Copyright: © Kittiya Pawlowski