Elephants play a highly significant role in Thai culture tied both to spiritual and physical reasons. Spiritually, Thai people used to rely on elephants as talisman for their well-being during times of war and peace. Physically, elephants were well-suited for carrying heavy things; they were often used to carry kings and cargo.
The elephants’ proximity in these ways had definitely brought about a great sense of adoration from the people. You can see this through the usage of their image on the nation’s Siamese flag, as statues in Buddhist temples, on Thai coins, and even in jewelry styles.
Asian elephants are still held in high-esteem within Thai culture for their intelligence, strength and pleasant nature. Older Thai people would tell you elephants are simply magical creatures.