A tourist poses for a photograph on a larger-than-life sized figure of a gorilla made of rice straw.
Niloufar Saleem, Staff Reporter
An amusement park situated on the shores of Thailand’s Huay Tueng Thao lake outside Chiang Mai has life-size figures of animals made of rice straw.
The giant straw animals are the latest initiative of the park to invite tourists amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The tourists visiting the amusement park enjoy taking beautiful pictures with the giant straw sculptures.
The animal sculptures include the gorilla, elephant, wild boar, lion, deer, and many more.
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