Surin is 457 kilometers far from Bangkok
by car and 420 kilometers by train, and is 194 kilometers far from
Nakhon Ratchasima by car and 170 kilometers by train.
Surin covers a total area of 8,124 square kilometers and is divided
into 13 Amphoes (districts), 3 king Amphoes (Sub districts).
North: Roi Et and Maha Sarakham.
East: Si Sa Ket
West: Buri Ram
Surin city to
Buri Ram 56 kms.
Maha Sarakham 177 kms.
Roi Et 137 kms.
Si Sa Ket 96 kms.
Buachet 66 kms.
Chom Phra 26 kms.
Chumphon Buri 91 kms.
Kap choeng 58 kms.
Lamduan 24 kms.
Rattanaburi 70 kms.
Samrong Thap 54 kms.
Sangkha 49 kms.
Sikhoraphum 34 kms.
Tha Tum 51 kms.
Phanom Dong Rak Subdistrict 78 kms.
Sri Narong Subdistrict 64 kms.
Khaow Sinarin Subdistrict 22 kms.
its long historical background. There is so far no precise evidence
to prove the origin of Surin Province. It has only been narrated for
generations that Surin was built some 2,000 years ago when the
ancient Khmer dominated the region. Surin was abandoned after the
incline of the Khmer Kingdom. Later in 1763, a village at Ban Muang
Thi was moved to Ban Khu Prathai where Surin is presently situated.
The village was consequently upgraded to be ' Muang Prathai Saman'
and its leader, Luang Surin Phakdi, appointed Phra Surin Phakdi Si
Narong Chang Wang, the Governor.
In 1786 during the reign of King Rama I, Muang Prathai Saman was
renamed 'Muang surin' after the title of its Governor.
How To get there
From Bangkok, there are daily buses leaving the Northern Bus
Terminal. Traveling takes about 6 hours. For more information please
contact Tel. 2710101-5 (Non air - conditioned buses) and Tel.
2794484-7 (Air conditioned bus).
There are trains leaving Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lam Phong)
daily. The distance is 420 kilometers.
For further details please call Information counter, State Railway
of Thailand, Tel. 2337010, 2337020
There is also local bus service from the provincial city of Surin to
all Amphoes and to nearby provinces. Traveling within Amphoe Muang
is also possible by tricycle.
Drive along the Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) and turn right to the
Highway 2 (Mitraphap Road) at Saraburi, then turn to the Chok
Chai-Det Udom route (the Highway 24) via Amphoe Nang Rong and Amphoe
Prasat before turning left to the Highway 214 to Surin Province. The
total distance is 457 kilometers.
Festivals & Events
The Surin Elephant Round-Up
has been an elephant's habitat since ancient times and the local
townspeople of Surin are skilled in rounding up, training and
controlling elephants. The famous ' Elephant Round-Up' was first
held in 1960 and Surin has ever since become well-known among Thai
and foreign visitors alike.
The Surin Elephant Round-Up has been scheduled to take place
annually during weekend around mid November. The fair is regarded an
international annual which attracts numbers of tourists from every
corner of the world. Planned activities during the fair include a
tug-of-war between an elephant and men, elephants in football match,
war elephant parade, and local performances