Elephant in NongBau Village

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Jie Xu

Surin Province, in Northeast Thailand, is well known as the land of elephants. The Nong Bau Elephant Village in Surin Province is the home of the Kui ethnic group who have a gift of capturing, training and keeping elephants. Unlike in Northern Thailand where elephants are kept for labour, the Kui keep the elephants as one of the family. Even sharing the same house. The life-long relationship of the mahout with his elephant is an integral element of Kui culture, tradition and the way of life.

Location: NongBau Village Surin Thailand


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