Mew Salangam was born 1926 in the Kui village of Ban Ta Klang. His father had 5 elephants, which he started to work with, when he was 10 years old. After his fathers death, being the only son, he inherited those elephants, and cought another 5 for himself. Altogether he has cought 50-60 elephants, the last catch was about 40 years ago.
His last 2 elephants were passed to his sons, Oun is staying with his son Lo Salangam in Chiang Rai, and the second son is staying with the elephant Doeng Raw in Pattaya.