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Surin Elephant Round-Up

The elephant has long been a central part of Thai culture and has always held a respected place in Thai history. Indeed, in the early years of the Chakri Dynasty, the elephant was featured on the Thai flag.

A symbol of power and grace, it is a prominent figure in Thai legend, art and architecture.

The everyday life of the elephant and its mahout is the central theme of the world-famous Surin Elephant Round-up held each year on the third Saturday of November, to promote a better understanding of the physiology and versatility of Thai elephants. It has been organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand since 1960.

The stars of the show perform a range of tasks which are well beyond the ability of many smaller domesticated animals.

Between folk dances and other cultural performances, these versatile behemoths star in displays of old-time elephant hunts, demonstrations of intelligence, strength and gentility, and the spectacular re-enactment of a war elephant parade.

The festival takes place over two days. There are elephant races, sparkling demonstrations of old-styles elephant hunts as well as numerous displays of the sheer strength and incredible versatility of the elephant.

Battle cries resound around the dusty arena as the festival recreates battle scenes of yesteryear.

Amazing Surin’s Elephant Round-Up Three Day Tour (Code:3102)

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This tour is not designed for cruise ship passengers. Exclusive cruise ship tours are available from Klong Toey Port and Laem Chabang Port.

The Surin Elephant Round-up is held in November each year to promote a better understanding of the physiology and versatility of Thai elephants. The whole town participates in the elephants breakfast and the elephant shows which include tug-of-war, battle scenes, ordination and harvest festival.

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Tour Programme

10:00 - Day 1 Departs

- Depart Bangkok for Surin

The Surin Elephant Round-up is held each year on the third Week of November. We will leave Bangkok mid-morning on the Friday and be in Surin late afternoon.

08:00 - Day 2 Departs

- Breakfast with the Elephants

Saturday morning is taken up with the special breakfast in the city centre for a magnificent procession of up to 300 elephants. Afternoon is left free to explore and in the evening we'll attend the Light & Sound show at Sikhoraphum Castle. Read More >

07:30 - Day 3 Departs

- Elephant Show

Every year 250 elephants take part in this event at Sri Narong Stadium with displays of log carrying and a tug-of-war against Thai soldiers. The highlight of the show is the mock battle, which highlights the talent and strength of this lovable animal.

- Return to Bangkok

After lunch we'll leave for Bangkok. You can expect to be back in the city around 8:00pm depending on the traffic.