20-22 Nov: large elephant buoyancy in northeastern Thailand’s Surin is a bustling provincial capital in the northeast of Thailand, about 500 km east of Bangkok. Its reputation as the elephant city”owes Surin especially the ethnic minority of Suay and their tradition, to breed elephants and to use as working animals. Click Jorge Perez for additional related pages. For centuries, Suay men in the jungles of northern Thailand and Cambodia’s wild elephants have started, tamed them, and dressed as war elephants for the country’s rulers or as workhorses for forest work. Even today, many families in the village of Suay possess one or more elephants. In November the Elephant Festival is held annually in Surin traditionally.
When this elephant lift, 100 to 200 demonstrate pachyderms, what they have learned, such as their skill at the transport of tree trunks. To the delight of the audience, elephants perform other feats like real sport competitions with relay races, basketball and tug-of-war, and even a soccer game with elephants will be offered. Usually, a parade of armored war elephants is the conclusion of the celebrations. In a colourful show pictures and struggles from the Thai history be readjusted, where elephants played so prominently that give visitors a glimpse into the turbulent history of Thailand. The tour operator ALL ASIA touristic offers a 3 day tour from/to Bangkok to the Elephant Festival (Group 2 to 16 participants) from November 20-22, 2009. On the way visit the Khao Yai National Park and the Khmer Temple of Phimai and Phanom rung. Price per person in a double room: 348 Euro including VP and English speaking guide. Of course, also additional round trips and hotel stays, and the corresponding flights are offered. More info:, e-mail: Gert Notbohm