Here are some beautiful pictures from Surin Elephant Village in Isan, Thailand.
Two children posed for the camera walking their pet elephant to school.
Photographer Arunan Sathiyanathan, 36, captured the stunning images of the children in their remote village – which is home to hundreds of the creatures.
Surin Elephant Village – also known as the Ban Taklang Elephant Village – has been used as the setting for a number of Thai films. And it’s a great location for any photographers who want to take some arty shots of elephants.
Arunan from Chennai, India, said: ”I travelled through Thailand and heard about this small village where the people are very close to elephants.
”They have a lot of the creatures there. Every house has one or two elephants that they keep as pets. Even the hotels have a resident elephant.
”I noticed the two children with their pet elephants and arranged to take pictures of them walking the creatures to school.
”It was amazing how close they are. They can even lie down together with the young elephant and feel totally safe.”
Surin Elephant Village features several sanctuaries and shows. Elephants are bred, trained and often sold.
They also do a lot of voluntary work with people who want to work with elephants.
Some visitors have described it as ”life-changing”.
How to reach Surin Elephant Village
Take a ticket from Bangkok Hua Mak train station. Trains take eight or nine hours.
Leave the train at Tha Tum and head for a hotel and take a taxi to Tha Tum.