Elephants have always held a special place in Thai history. Their outward gentleness and innate talent has earned them respect love and admiration. A symbol of power and ironically peace the national flag of Siam once bore the emblem of a white elephant. Training is a strenuous process for man and beast. A successful mahout must develop a bold with his elephant before mastering the skills of control and management. Elephants perform tasks after becoming acquainted with the commands and guidance provided by their Mahouts through extensive training.