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another picture from the elephant village...

Ban Tha Klang, located 58km north of Surin, is Thailand's major elephant village. This is where most of the elephants that participate in the famous annual roundup of Surin live during the rest of the year.

The villagers are reputed to be descendants of the Suay who have long worked as elephant capturers and trainers, largely in and around the Cambodian border area.

Today they train elephants for labor as well as to perform in the region's two roundups, in Surin during November and Chaiyaphum in January.

Visitors are welcome in the village and there are shows during the weekend, but tourist facilities are very limited. On a regular working day most elephants only return to the village in the evening hours after working all day.

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