Surin is the capital of Surin Province. Its population is small, approximately 40,000, but the province itself is densely populated. It is about 450 km east of Bangkok and 50 km from the Cambodian border. A quiet town, its one claim to fame is its annual Elephant Roundup, which takes place in November (book a room in advance). Surin is well-known for its elephants. Surin's people have a long relationship with elephants and they have become the provincial icon. Throw in plenty of Khmer ruins, beautiful silk, and aromatic jasmine rice and they all make Surin an interesting destination.
Nok Air offers flight+minivan services from Bangkok to Surin v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Bangkok to Buriram and transferred on a minivan to Surin taking approximately 3 hours. This can be booked directly from their website
From Bangkok, head north via Hwy 1 (Pahonyothin Rd) and merge onto Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Rd) at Saraburi. Use Hwy 24 (Chok Chai-Det Udom) via Nang Rong, Prasat, then turn left onto Hwy 214 to Surin. This route is 457 km long. From Nakhon Ratchasima, motorists can use Hwy 226, en route via Chakkrarat, Huai Thalaeng, Lam Plai Mat, and Buri Ram to Surin. This route is 434 km long.
A bus from Sisaket will cost 92 baht.
Bus and train terminals are within easy walking distance, about 300 m apart.
Trains regularly leave Bangkok's Hualamphong and Bang Sue stations for Surin. For more information, call 1690, 0-2220-4334, 0-2220-4444. Surin Railway Station tel. 0-4451-1295, 0-4451-5393 or visit .
Surin is a small town. Most journeys in the central area can be accomplished on foot. However, there are also samlors (rickshaws/'saam-law'- three wheel pedal tricycles) and tuk-tuks. The larger hotels also have cars available for hire. Keep in mind that no one considers overcharging a foreigner to be a serious crime. A samlor ride around the central region of the town is 40 baht, a tuk-tuk maybe 50/60 baht for foreigners. If in doubt ask your hotel for advice. When getting off the bus always be extra careful not to be taken for a ride while being taken for a ride.
Now there are meter taxis, but do not expect the meter to be used. Bargain the price first.
Surin is not the most picturesque spot on the earth, but it does have a few, small attractions.
The Elephant Roundup is a three-day long event where elephants roam the streets of Surin and perform in various activities: soccer, beauty contests, battle reenactments, etc.
These stretch from the border westwards to Buriram Province. There are few organised tours (tourism is not overly big in Isaan). You can always find an (expensive) rental car, with driver, at your hotel, or it is possible to visit the major temples by using the local public transport system (this is very cheap). Ask you hotel or guest house for instructions. (Most signs at the bus and train station are in Thai, but the staff are very helpful).
Surin has a fantastic night market. Be sure to try the Isaan sausage and Lao-style flattened chicken (gai yang).
In addition to the night market, Surin is liberally endowed with small restaurants, and street vendors. Also the major hotels have reasonably priced menus.
Curries Tom Yum Kung is a popular dish for foreigners because its taste is blended together perfectly. While eating it, you will get the smell of the Thai herbs. Tom Yum Kung has become famous for a long time. Everyone who travels in Thailand wants to taste it. You can find it in any normal restaurants.
Kunchiang Kunchiang is a pork processing. Make pork sausage products with the finest processing. It is the OTOP five stars sausage with the name of the province.
Dried lotus seeds snack Dried lotus seeds snack is a well-known snack of Surin made from natural lotus seeds .It has a soft sweet taste and is available everywhere. It has listed as one of the Best 50 Gourmet Souvenirs from around the world by Condé Nast Traveller Magazines - Published April 04, 2015.
Surin is not overly well endowed with watering holes but there are a few places where one's palate, and appetite can be quenched.
Most places are located near the Thong Tarin Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel are two streets lined with small bars, small restaurants, karaoke bars, and go-go bars. The larger hotels also have bars and restaurants. There are also several restaurants managed or owned by expats scattered around town. The largest is the 'Farang Connection', followed by the 'Oasis' and N & N's German restaurant, all near the bus station.
Three of the better hotels in Surin:
Always ask for a discount (700-800 baht/night) in the non-elephant roundup season!