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Surin

Surin is a big province on Mun River Basin in Lower Northeast of Thailand. It is well known, locally and international, for its elephant. 


Surin 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, Surin’s story can be dated

back thousands of year B.C. when Suay or Kuay

ethnic group migrated along Mekong River

to settle around Dongrek Range. Kuay 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

Prakai, 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, Khwao

Sinarin, Chom Phra, Tha Tum, Chumphon Buri,

Rattanaburi, Non Narai, Sanom, Samrong Thap,

Sikhoraphum, Si Narong, Lamduan, Sangkha,

Buachet, Kap Choeng, Phanom Dong Rak,

Prasat.


Surin

Thai Term Glossary

Amphoe : District

Ban : Village

Maenam : River

Mueang : Town or City

Prang : Corn-shaped tower or sanctuary

Song Thaeo : Pick-up trucks but with a roof over the back

Talat : Market

Tambon : Subdistrict

Tuk-Tuks : Three-wheeled motorized taxis

Ubosot or Bot : Ordination hall in a temple

Wihan : Image hall in a temple

Wat : Temple

Note: English spelling here given tries to

approximate Thai Pronunciation. Posted signs

may be spelled differently. When seeking help for

direction, point to the Thai spelling given after

each place name.

Surin 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, Surin’s story can be dated

back thousands of year B.C. when Suay or Kuay

ethnic group migrated along Mekong River

to settle around Dongrek Range. Kuay 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

Prakai, 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, Khwao

Sinarin, Chom Phra, Tha Tum, Chumphon Buri,

Rattanaburi, Non Narai, Sanom, Samrong Thap,

Sikhoraphum, Si Narong, Lamduan, Sangkha,

Buachet, Kap Choeng, Phanom Dong Rak,

Prasat.

Boundary

North connects to Roi Et and

Maha Sarakham

East connects to Si Sa Ket

South connects to Cambodia

West connects to Buri Ram

Distances from Surin to nearby

provinces

Roi Et 137 Kilometres

Maha Sarakham 177 Kilometres

Si Sa Ket 105 Kilometres

Buri Ram 50 Kilometres

Distances from Amphoe Mueang

Surin to other districts

Khwao Sinarin 21 Kilometres

Chom Phra 30 Kilometres

Tha Tum 53 Kilometres

Chumphon Buri 92 Kilometres

Rattanaburi 74 Kilometres

Non Narai 74 Kilometres

Sanom 52 Kilometres

Samrong Thap 54 Kilometres

Sikhoraphum 36 Kilometres

Si Narong 61 Kilometres

Lamduan 27 Kilometres

Sangkha 50 Kilometres

Buachet 67 Kilometres

Kap Choeng 58 Kilometres

Phanom Dong Rak 66 Kilometres

Prasat 30 Kilometres

Transportation

By Car: From Bangkok, there are 2 routes:

1. Take Highway No. 1 (Pahonyothin Road) and

get into Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) at

Saraburi. Use Highway No. 24 (Chok Chai - Det

Udom) via Amphoe Nang Rong, Prasat, then

turn left into highway No. 214 to Surin. This

route is 457 kilometres long.

2. Take Highway No. 1 (Pahonyothin Road) and

get into Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) at

Saraburi via Nakhon Ratchasima. Use Highway

No. 226, via Amphoe Chakkrarat, Huai Thalaeng,

Lam Plai Mat, Buri Ram to Surin. This route is 434

kilometres long.

By Bus: From the Northern Bus Terminal

Chatuchak (Kamphaeng Phet II Road) in

Bangkok. There are many bus to Surin everyday.

For more information contact

- The Transport Co., Ltd Tel. 1490, 0 2936

2852-66, Surin Branch Tel. 0 4451 5344

www.transport.co.th

- Kitchakan Ratchasima Tour Co., Tel. 0 4451

2161

- Nakhon Chai Air Co., Tel. 1624, Surin Branch

Tel. 0 4451 5151 www.nca.co.th

- Sawasdee Surin Co., Tel. 0 2936 9994, 06 1647

6999 Surin Branch Tel. 0 4453 0099, 06 1647

6888

For more information contact Surin Bus

Station Tel. 0 4451 1756

By train: A train service is available from the

Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) to

Surin everyday. For more information, Tel. 1690,

0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444. Surin Railway Station

Tel. 0 4451 1295, 0 4451 5393 www.railway.co.th

By Air: There are two airlines operating flights

from Donmueang International Airport in 

Bangkok to Buri Ram Airport, the nearest

airport near Surin, as follows:

 - Thai Air Asia Tel. 0 2515 9999, www.airasia.com,

routing Bangkok (Don Mueang)-Surin, with a

shuttle van service provided between the Buri

Ram Airport and the Airline’s transfer hub at

The Chang Knowledge Park in Surin.

- Nok Air Tel. 1318, www.nokair.com, routing

Bangkok (Don Mueang)-Surin, with a shuttle

van service provided between the Buri Ram

Airport and the Airline’s transfer hub at the

Surin Majestic Hotel in Surin.

Transportation in Surin

For getting around in Surin city, song thaeo,

tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxi is available.

Moreover, there are public bus and van from

Surin Bus Station to other districts in Surin. For

more information contact Surin Bus Station,

Tel. 0 4451 1756

Transportation from Surin to

nearby provinces

There are public bus and van services from

Surin Bus Terminal to Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Ubon

Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen,

Roi Et, Rayong, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and

Phuket. For more information contact Surin Bus

Station, Tel. 0 4451 1756

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