VietNamNet Bridge – Two elephants have been used to serve visitors to the Hue royal citadel at Hue Festival 2012, besides tramcars.
Tourists can also touch and take photo with these elephants.
The cost for a tour on elephant is VND150,000 ($7.5) for two persons. The elephant will take visitors to ‘stroll’ in the royal citadel.
The Center for Preservation of Hue Relics bought the elephants two years ago. They have been trained since then to perform circus. They will be used to serve tourists during the Hue Festival only.
Tours by elephants is considered a new tourism product in Hue. However, some say that the royal palace is a solemn place so riding elephants in this place is disrespectful. Dan Tri