There’s a joke by local Dak Lak people that elephants are the main mode of transport in Dak Lak Province and that they would take elephant rides to school when they are young. The Ho Chi Minh City folks would eat up the stories like clotted cream.
However, the reality is that elephants in Dak Lak are threatened by both habitat loss as well as by exploitations by locals for tourism.
Here I am fueling the use of elephants by going on one of the rides along the river on the back of an elephant. Here, the 2 elephants are descending a steep decline into a rapid stretch of the river.
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