Surin Travel Guide

Surin City was formerly known as Mueang Thi Village, but was renamed in honor of the provincial governor, Luang Surin Phakdi, appointed by H.M. King Rama I. The city was renamed in 1786, and is the provincial capital. The arrival of the railroad in 1922 ended the relative isolation of Surin from the rest of the country, and opened up this wonderful province for exploration.

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Surin Travel Guide

Surin City was formerly known as Mueang Thi Village, but was renamed in honor of the provincial governor, Luang Surin Phakdi, appointed by H.M. King Rama I. The city was renamed in 1786, and is the provincial capital. The arrival of the railroad in 1922 ended the relative isolation of Surin from the rest of the country, and opened up this wonderful province for exploration.

The weather in Surin is relatively typical of the region, with peak temperatures nearing 40 degrees C in April to May, and a rainy season beginning in May and peaking in September. The best times to visit are from October until March.

Surin has many attractions, but the most excitement centers around elephants. Surin is home to the Surin Elephant Village, where the mahouts live closely with their charges, almost like family. This goes hand-in-hand with the biggest event of the year in Surin, the Surin Elephant Round Up.

The Round Up is held in the 3rd week of November annually, but if you’re interested, book tickets early for the festival and for accommodation, as tickets for both get steadily more expensive and hard to find as the date approaches. During the festival, you will see elephants in parades, playing football, tug-of-war, and reenacting famous battles from years past. The festival is based on the long-standing reputation of the Surin elephant trainers, including the founder of the city, a legendary master of war elephants.

On the border with Cambodia, you will also find the Chong Chom checkpoint border market. The open air market hosts a wide variety of souvenir-worthy items, as well as daily essentials for the locals.

If Khmer ruins are on your to-do list, be sure to see Phanom Rung, the largest example of Khmer architecture in Thailand. The site is built on top of a dormant volcano, and the elevation provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The temple, dedicated to Shiva, was built in the 12th century, but the site itself was considered sacred ground long before that. The carvings on display at Phanom Rung are exemplary.

Restaurants are easy to find in Surin. For Euro-centric fare, stop in at Farang Connection. The menu offers a wide selection of imported and domestic beers. Breakfasts are a specialty and run the gamut from light (eggs, toast, and coffee) to the extravagant (the enormous “Man Sized” English breakfast – good luck finishing it all!). Oasis is a Norwegian owned eatery with an extensive pizza menu to complement their Norwegian and Thai main dishes. For local cuisine, try Sumrab Tornkruang or Larn Chang.

Nightlife can be a little easier to find in Surin, as compared to some of the other cities in Isaan. The restaurants mentioned above, Farang Connection and Oasis, are a great place to start, or to stay for that matter. Heading out from these establishments, check out the variety of local clubs and karaoke bars. Tawan Daeng comes highly recommended, with an excellent local band. Saren Pub is the current spot for the younger, upwardly mobile local set. Enjoy!

Daily Flights from Bangkok to Buriram/Surin

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Mueang Surin District
Nai Mueang, Tang Chai, Phia Ram, Na Di, Tha Sawang, Salakdai, Ta Ong, Samrong, Kae Yai, Nok Mueang, Kho Kho, Sawai, Thenmi, Na Bua, Mueang Thi, Ram, Bu Rue Si, Trasaeng, Salaeng Phan and Ka Ko.

Chumphon Buri District
Chumphon Buri, Na Nong Phai, Phrai Khla, Si Narong, Yawuek, Mueang Bua, Sa Khut, Krabueang and Nong Ruea.

Tha Tum District
Tha Tum, Krapho, Phrom Thep, Phon Khrok, Mueang Kae, Ba, Nong Bua, Bua Khok, Nong Methi and Thung Kula.

Chom Phra District
Chom Phra, Mueang Ling, Krahat, Bu Kraeng, Nong Sanit, Ban Phue, Lum Rawi, Chum Saeng and Pen Suk.

Prasat District
Kang Aen, Thamo, Phlai, Prue, Thung Mon, Ta Bao, Nong Yai, Khok Yang, Khok Sa-at, Ban Sai, Chok Na Sam, Chuea Phloeng, Prasat Thanong, Tani, Ban Phluang, Kantuatramuan, Samut and Prathat Bu.

Kap Choeng District
Kap Choeng, Khu Tan, Dan, Naeng Mut, Khok Takhian and Takhian.

Rattanaburi District
Rattanaburi, That, Kae, Don Raet, Nong Bua Thong, Nong Bua Ban, Phai, Boet, Nam Khiao, Kut Kha Khim, Yang Sawang and Thap Yai.

Sanom District
Sanom, Phon Ko, Nong Rakhang, Na Nuan, Khaen, Hua Ngua and Nong I Yo.

Sikhoraphum District
Ra-ngaeng, Truem, Charaphat, Yang, Taen, Nong Bua, Khalamae, Nong Lek, Nong Khwao, Chang Pi, Kut Wai, Khwao Yai, Na Rung, Trom Phrai and Phak Mai.

Sangkha District
Sangkha, Khon Taek, Dom, Phra Kaeo, Ban Chan, Krathiam, Sakat, Ta Tum, Thap Than, Ta Khong, Ban Chop and Thep Raksa.

Lamduan District
Lamduan, Chok Nuea, U Lok, Tram Dom and Tapiang Tia.

Samrong Thap District
Samrong Thap, Nong Phai, Kra-om, Nong Ha, Si Suk, Ko Kaeo, Muen Si, Samet, Sano and Pradu.

Buachet District
Buachet, Sadao, Charat, Ta Wang, A Phon and Samphao Lun.

Phanom Dong Rak District
Bakdai, Khok Klang, Chik Daek and Ta Miang.

Si Narong District
Narong, Chaenwaen, Truat, Nong Waeng and Si Suk.

Khwao Sinarin District
Khwao Sinarin, Bueng, Ta Kuk, Prasat Thong and Ban Rae.

Non Narai Disrict
Nong Luang, Kham Phong, Non, Rawiang and Nong Thep.