Ban Ta Klang - The Elephant Village is located in Mu 9 and 13, Ban Ta Klang, Tambon Krapho, the village can be reached via highway 214 (Surin-Roi Et Rd.). When coming (from Surin), you may want to use public transport from Surin`s bus station. Cost 50 - 60 BT each passenger. It will take about one hour to get there. The last pickup bus back to Surin is around 4 pm. Entrance fee just around 150 BT.
Many of the locals at Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village are of the Suay ethnic minority. They are skilled in capturing, training and raising Asian elephants, actuallly the national Thai symbol.
I think, it is well worth to visit the village. There is a daily elephant show, you`ll find souvenir shops, food and just some nice entertainment. Private hire taxi will cost you between 1000 BT and 1500 BT.
When you get there a bit earlier, you can see the elephant training techniques demonstrated, if wish, you may ride an elephant, and visit the Elephant Museum, which contains a skeleton of a full sized elephant, plus lots of information about their training and place in Thai history.