Surin Elephant Roundup &
Red Cross Fair
November 2009, Sat
Elephant Roundup Schedule
a.m. - Parade of New Little Jumbos with their mums has to move out
a.m. - Opening speech by Chairman of the ceremony.
08.30 a.m. - Start The elephant talent shows.
Act 1 Paying obeisance to Surin deva
Act 2 Nativity to
the planet earth
Act 3 Worshiping to Gods seeking for a
Act 4 The rumble of
land and jungle
Act 5 Chanting the mighty elephant
6 Elephant mythology
Act 7 Elephant Battle with Victory
Act 8 The Mighty Elephant
a.m. - The visitors have an opportunity to go sight-seeing around the
Ticket price : 1,000, 500, 300 and 40 Baht Respectively. Please reserve the tickets in advance (Specificially 1,000 and 500 Baht) at Surin Provincial Governor’s Office, Surin Province Tel&Fax 0-4451-2039 , 0-4452-1358 Please Download Ticket Booking Form Click word(.doc) / acrobat(.pdf)
History of Surin Elephant RoundUp
About 50 kilometers away in the north of Surin, Krapo Sub-district, Thatoom District and Nanongphai Sub-district, Chumphonburi District are the homes of native people, called Guai or Suai. They have trained the elephants to be the domestic animals and use them as the animals in the ceremony. The villagers prefer to feed their elephants, that’s why they recognize the elephant by the name of the village. The elephant village situates near the bank of Moon and Chee river. The land where the elephant village situates now, in the past was a rich forest.
On November 19, 1960, Mr. Winai Suwannakard - Thatoom’s former district - chief officer, has promoted the elephant round - up at the old airport which is now the area of the Thatoomprachasermvit School. The purpose of the round - up was to celebrate the new district office. The activities consisted of many interesting events such as an elephants parade, elephants racing and the elephants capture. The first roundup was very interesting by to both Thai and foreigners and so, by public relations, was spread all over the world.
One year later in 1961, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) realised the possibility of tourism and began supporting and setting up the procedure of performances while persuading the tourists to visit the roundup.
In 1962, The cabinet agreed to take the elephant round - up in Surin on as the annual fair of the nation. Mr. Kamron Sungkhakorn - the Surin Governor at that time has moved the elephant roundup site from Thatoom to the provincial stadium because of the inconvenience of the old site. Until now the provincial stadium is known and accepted as the Surin Elephant Show Stadium.