is a big province on Mun River Basin in Lower Northeast of Thailand. It is well
known, locally and international, for its elephant. The gigantic animal of Surin
impresses everyone with loveliness, cleverness and creates unique character of
the province. Surin people have long relationship with elephant which becomes
icon of the province now. Plenty of Khmer Ruins, beautiful silk and famous
jasmine rice make Surin a very interesting destination.
In historical aspect, Surins story can be dated back
thousands of year B.C. when Suai or Kuai ethnic group migrated along Mekong
River to settle around Dongrek Range. Kuai ethnic people, found in Thailand and
Laos, is talent in catching and training elephant. Some 2,000 years ago, during
Khmer Era, Surin town was established. After the fall of Khmer Empire, the town
was neglected until 1763, when Luang Surin Pakdi (Chiang Pum) headman of Mueang
Thi Village, led his people to settle at Ban Khu Prathai, in present Surin City.
He was promoted as the first mayor later.
Surin is some 457 kilometres from Bangkok. The province
acquires total area of 8,124 square kilometres and it can be divided into 17
Amphoes namely Mueang Surin, Chumphon Buri, Tha Tum, Chom Phra, Prasat, Kap
Choeng, Rattanaburi, Phanom, Si Khoraphum, Sangkha, Samrong Thap, Buachet,
Lamduan, Si Narong, Phanom Dong Rak, Khwao Sinarin, and Non Narai.
travel information for surin
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 to Saraburi and
Highway No. 2 to Nakhon Ratchasima, then use Highway No.226 to Surin via Buri
Ram, a total distance of 457 kilometres.
Buses depart from Bangkok's Mochit 2 Bus
Terminal to Surin every day. Contact Transport Co.Ltd at Tel: 0 2936 2852-66 or
for more information
Regular trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway
Station to Surin every day. Call 1690, 0 2223 7010-20or visit
Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other
Phanom Dong Rak
Distances from Surin to Neighbouring
Si Sa Ket