Huge elephant banquet highlights Surin festival

Huge elephant banquet highlights Surin festival

Elephants get stuck into the weighty buffet in downtown Surin on Friday, a highlight of the province's annual elephant festival, which runs from Nov 13 to 24 this year.  (Photo by Nopparat Kingkaew)
Elephants get stuck into the weighty buffet in downtown Surin on Friday, a highlight of the province's annual elephant festival, which runs from Nov 13 to 24 this year. (Photo by Nopparat Kingkaew)

A monumental buffet fit for 264 elephants was organised in downtown Surin on Friday as a highlight of the province's annual elephant festival.

The elephants and their keepers paraded from Surin train station to Phraya Surin Pakdi Srinarong Changwang monument, named for the founder of Surin city, in Muang district.

There the feast was waiting on tables burdened with 67 tonnes of sugarcane, water melons, corn, yam beans and pineapples, stretching over a distance of 400 metres.

Thai and foreign visitors thronged to the plaza to admire the animals and the amazing banquet.

The annual elephant buffet was introduced in Surin in 2000.  Guinness World Records recognised the 2003 feast as the largest elephant buffet, when 269 pachyderms paraded and chomped their way through 50 tonnes of food.

The Surin elephant festival runs from Nov 13 to 24 this year, with many shows and cultural performances for visitors.

This includes the renowned two-day Elephant Round-Up, on Nov 21 and 22, when hundreds of elephants perform in the major highlight of the festival.


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