The highlight of the Khao Phansa Candle Festival in Surin is the merit making ceremony where monks collect alms on elephant back. Surin is regarded as the home for Thai elephants and throughout the year they have a number of festivals that involve elephants. This one takes place on the full moon in July every year. It is held at the Monument of Phaya Surin Phakdi Sri Narong Changwang in Mueang district. Monks from local temples climb up onto 88 elephants and collect alms from Buddhist people.
Map showing location of Merit Making on Elephant Back in Surin:
GPS Coordinates: 14.878425, 103.489546