Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mahout Profile - Suwit

Basic Information

Mahout for
Date of Birth
July 25th, 1991
Chat, Somchai
Paranee (“Boluh”), Sawapah
Huay Pakoot


Suwit has lived his entire life in Huay Pakoot. He attended the school here until age 12, but he currently is continuing his studies by attending school in Khun Yuam on the weekends. His father passed away when he was a child, and his mother was very strict. At times, he avoided going home because his brother Chat would bully him. Despite a relatively difficult childhood, he was able to land a job as Kha Moon’s mahout when his aunt, who previously took care of her, decided to work in the fields. Widget (Singtoh and Dee’s brother) taught him how to be a mahout in just 2 days. Suwit later became Lulu’s mahout because she was very young and required an experienced mahout. His family owns five elephants (Lulu, Kha Moon, Gola Soo, Boo Luong, and Meh Tip). Suwit has never been outside of Thailand and does not plan on leaving the village. In his free time, he enjoys sleeping and playing football. He describes himself as funny, introverted, and smart.

Fun Facts

Dream Job
Favorite thing about being a mahout
Meeting Westerners
Knowledge about medicinal plants
Yes (little)