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Elephant Round-up in Surin
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    Tourism in the lower northeastern region is set to prosper again with the annual world-class ``Elephant Round-Up show'' due to kick off in a more extravagant fashion.

    This year, the event will be held from 15 November 2003 - 16 November 2003 at the Elephant Stadium in Surin province.

    Events planned, include a demonstration of local culture and a mini-marathon.

    There will also be the ``largest buffet'' for elephants, a sound-and-light presentation depicting the legend of Surin elephants, plus the elephant round-up extravaganza.

    Scene 1 : "CHA KHLONG"
    This first scene, depicts hundreds of elephants as they exist in their natural habitat.

    Scene 2: EVERYDAY LIFE & TRADITIONS
    highlights scenes from everyday life in the community and local traditions and customs including the "Phi Pakarn" sacred ritual which is performed to ward off danger during elephant round-ups.

    Scene 3: FROM FORESTS TO DOMESTICATION
    provides a demonstration of techniques used in the capture of wild elephants and training techniques for elephants at work

    Scene 4: THE TRADITIONS OF SURIN
    The local culture, customs and traditions featured in this scene reflect the inseparable ties and the relationship of respect that exists between man
    and the elephant.

    Scene 5: ELEPHANTS IN WARFARE
    This is a presentation of the ancient art of warfare on elephant back.

    Scene 6: "BIDDING FAREWELL"

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    SURIN PROVINCIAL OFFICE
    Phone: 0-4451-2039

    TICKETS FOR "THE ELEPHANT SHOW"
    500 Baht and 200 Baht
    Advanced reservations are available for 500 Baht tickets.
    Please call 0-4451-2039

    TAT NORTHEASTERN OFFICE - REGION 1
    Phone: 0-4421-3666, 0-4421-3030
    Fax: 0-4421-3667

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    An elephant jostles teammates during a soccer match Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001 in Surin province, 340 kilometers (211 miles) northeast of Bangkok, held as part of the annual Surin Elephant Roundup where pachyderms display their dexterity and intelligence. More than 250 elephants were on show at the event, meant not only to draw tourists but also to recall the glory days of the elephants who have influenced Thai life for centuries.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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    Elephants walk across the lying volunteers during the annual Elephant Roundup in Surin Province in northeastern Thailand, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002. The event celebrated the special position of the animals in Thai society and culture and also helps boost tourism. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)



    A Thai mahout shows how to catch a baby elephant during the annual Elephant Roundup in Surin Province in northeastern Thailand, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002. The event celebrated the special position of the animals in Thai society and culture and also helps boost tourism. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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    Thai soldiers in traditional attire stage a mock battle alongside 'battle' elephants at the annual Surin elephant festival, 450 km (279 miles) northeast of Bangkok, November 16, 2002. More than one hundred elephants took part in the 42nd staging of the event, which celebrates the elephants' part in Thai history along with more modern forms of entertainment. The residents of Surin, near the border with Cambodia, have been using the elephants in everyday life for centuries, though the elephants perform as much for tourists as for labor in the jungle these days. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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    Thai elephants in crisis despite celebrations

    Channel News Asia, Singapore, 18th November

    Some 200 elephants from all over Thailand took part in an annual ceremony on Sunday that pays homage to their special place in Thai culture.

    Tourists and locals alike turned up at the arena in Surin, near Bangkok, to watch the event known as the "Round-up."

    But behind the celebration is a stark reality: the Thai elephant is in crisis.

    Proud and majestic, the elephants cherish the annual opportunity to show off their skills and intelligence to the full.

    The "Round-up," as the event is known, recalls the old practice of capturing elephants from the wild and taming them for human service.

    The large crowd was treated to sights which showcase the animals' remarkable adaptability.

    Among other stunts, they saw an elephant trying to rock its owner, or mahout, to sleep.

    But behind the gentle nature lies enormous strength.

    Seventy men proved no match for a male elephant in their tug-of-war.

    However there is a sadder side now to the elephants' lives.

    Logging in the forests, which used to be the main income from elephants, was banned a decade ago. Now they have to find other ways, such as illegal begging in the streets of Bangkok, to survive.

    One mahout said: "It's difficult. I don't get any salary and I have to feed the elephant, so I am forced to work in the rice fields."

    The show, which earns each elephant about US$50, is a chance to make much-needed money.

    It ended with a re-enactment of a battle from an era when war elephants often were key to the outcome.

    But nowadays the Thai elephant will never have the same status in society.

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    It's must to come to Surin and see the elephant round up and then see then take a trip and see Watt Surin.

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    anhnguyen Guest
    Photo of 2003 Surin Elephant Round Up Festival

    http://www.pbase.com/nguyenanh/surin




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