Much Ado About Elephant Pants in Thailand

Over the past several days various Thai politicians and government officials have made headlines, at least on Thai language news, with consistent updates on what they call a pressing issue-Elephant pants.

Specifically, their concerns have been around illegal imports of the elephant pants from China and how Thai officials feel the prices are undercutting those of Thai made elephant pants.

Thailand considers elephant pants, commonly seen on tourists and especially backpackers, as a ‘soft power” and fashion symbol for the country. Well, at least some Thai officials do, not everyone is fond of the elephant pants or believe they are particularly fashionable according to recent conflicting and unconfirmed reports from Thailand’s Soft Power Fashion Committee.

Indeed, some netizens have debated if the elephant pants can even be considered a true soft power at all.

Regardless, to be fair, the pants are especially popular with Asian tourists and sales have been brisk according to many Thai vendors. However, increasing concerns around low-quality non Thai knockoffs flooding the market have prompted the Thai government to take action.

Amongst other measures, law enforcement is expected to get involved across Thailand to ensure that elephant pants being sold in shops are Made in Thailand.

The reaction to all the hubbub over illegally imported elephant pants has been mixed and indeed even comical at times over the past few days, with some stating it is a major issue costing many poor Thais money and others saying it seems to be a storm in a teacup situation.

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Adam Judd
Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail About Us: Contact Us: