The « bindi » means "the drop". It symbolizes the third mystical eye of a person. It adorns the forehead in different forms: a round point, a graceful frozen flame, or a straight vertical line. I saw on this girl the most beautiful bindi ... the one left by the light of the sun.
We spent a lot of oir time in Chiang Mai researching a way to see to see elephants in Northern Thailand without supporting really shit practices. While consumer sentiment has meant there are loads more camps which market themselves as ethical since i was last there, seemingly ethical places do sometimes get exposed for treating elephants poorly etc. We really didn't want to support this but on the flip side elephants in the wild are at a much higher risk of being poached for their ivory and proctection areas do need tourism to survive
In the end we settled for a village run sanctuary of 7 elephants. The sanctuaries prohibit riding of the elephants and keep them in a sectioned area to protect from poaching, but require tourism to keep running which seemed about as good for the elephants as we could find. Anyone know anything more about whether or not these places do actually operate to conserve the animals?