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== Understand ==
 
== Understand ==
  
Surin is the capital of Surin province. Its population is small, approximately 40,000, but bear in mind that the province itself is densely populated. It is about 450 kilometers east from Bangkok and 50 kilometers from the [[Cambodia]]n 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, locally and international, for its elephants. The gigantic animal of Surin impresses everyone with loveliness, cleverness and creates a unique character of the province. Surin's people have a long relationship with elephants which has become an icon of the province. Plenty of Khmer Ruins, beautiful silk and famous jasmine rice also make Surin an interesting destination.
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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 [[Cambodia]]n 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.
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
  
In historical aspect, Surin's story can be dated back thousands of year B.C. when Suay or Kuay ethnic group migrated along the Mekong River to settle around Dongrek Range. Kuay ethnic people, found in Thailand and [[Laos]], is talented in catching and training elephants.  Some 2,000 years ago, during the Khmer Era, the town of Surin was established. After the fall of Khmer Empire, the town was neglected until 1763, when Luang Surin Pakdi (Chiang Poom), headman of Muang Tee Village, led his people to settle at Ban Khu Prakai, which currently is the town of Surin. He was promoted as the first mayor later on.
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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.
  
 
== Get in ==
 
== Get in ==
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===By Car===  
 
===By Car===  
  
From Bangkok, head north via highway 1 (Pahonyothin Road) and get into highway 2 (Mittraphap Road) at Saraburi. Use highway 24 (Chok Chai - Det Udom) via Amphoe Nang Rong, Prasat, then turn left into highway 214 to Surin. This route is 457 kilometres long. Or from Nakhon Ratchasima, motorist can use highway 226, en route Amphoe Chakkrarat , Huai Thalaeng, Lam Plai Mat, Buri Ram to Surin. This route is 434 kilometres
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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.
  
 
===By Bus===  
 
===By Bus===  
  
* [[Bangkok| Bangkok's]] northeastern Bus terminal (Mochit 2) on Kamphaeng Phet II Road has daily services to Surin. For more information, call 0-2936-2852-66 [http://www.transport.co.th]. Transport Co, Surin Branch tel. 0-4451-1756. Kitchakan Ratchasima Tour Co, tel. 0-4451-2161, Nakhon Chai Air Co., tel. 0-4451-5151.  
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* [[Bangkok| Bangkok's]] northern bus terminal (Mo Chit 2) on Kamphaeng Phet II Rd has daily service to Surin. For more information, call +66 29 362 852-66 [http://www.transport.co.th]. Transport Co, Surin Branch Tel. +66 44 511 756. Kitchakan Ratchasima Tour Co, tel. +66 44 512 161, Nakhon Chai Air Co., Tel. +66 4451-5151.  
  
* Minibuses (60 Baht) connect the town with Chong Chom, which hosts a border crossing with [[Samraong#Get_out| O'Smach]] in [[Cambodia]].
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* Minibuses (60 baht) connect the town with Chong Chom, which hosts a border crossing with [[Samraong#Get_out| O'Smach]] in [[Cambodia]].
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A bus from Si Saket will cost 92 baht.
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Bus and train terminals are within easy walking distance, about 300 m apart.
  
 
===By train===  
 
===By train===  
  
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 [www.railway.co.th].
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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 [http://www.railway.co.th].
  
 
== Get around ==
 
== Get around ==
  
Surin is a small town, most journeys in the central area can be accomplished on foot. However, there are also sam-lors (rickshaws/'saam-law') and tuk-tuks. The larger hotels also have a car available for hire. Keep in mind that no one considers overcharging a foreigner to be a serious crime. A sam-lor 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.
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Surin is a small town. Most journeys in the central area can be accomplished on foot. However, there are also samlors (rickshaws/'saam-law') 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.
  
 
== See ==
 
== See ==
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== Do ==
 
== Do ==
  
Surin is not the most picturesque spot on the Earth, but it does have a few, small attractions.
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Surin is not the most picturesque spot on the earth, but it does have a few, small attractions.
  
* '''Surin National Museum''' - has exhibits relating to the geography, history and ethnic groups of Surin. The museum is located about four kilometres south of the city along road 214. There is nothing to see along the road, and given the speed of cars and the lack of a sidewalk, walking is not recommended. The pink songthaew from city will take you to the museum for 10 baht, or use a tuk-tuk/sam-lor.
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* '''Surin National Museum''' - has exhibits relating to the geography, history and ethnic groups of Surin. The museum is located about four km south of the city along Rt 214. There is nothing to see along the road, and given the speed of cars and the lack of a sidewalk, walking is not recommended. The pink songthaew from the city will take you to the museum for 10 baht, or use a tuk-tuk/samlor.
  
 
* '''Silk Village'''
 
* '''Silk Village'''
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===Festivals===
 
===Festivals===
  
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 re-enactments, etc.
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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.
  
=== Khmer era temples ===
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=== Khmer-era temples ===
  
These stretch from the border westwards to [[Buriram (province)|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, however, the staff are very helpful.)
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These stretch from the border westwards to [[Buriram (province)|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).
  
 
* '''Prasat Ta Meuan''' - a complex of three structures built in the 12th–13th centuries around the time of the Cambodian king Jayavarman VII. The largest building is Prasat Ta Meuan Thom. It is surrounded by an outer wall, and contains a large central, rectangular building on a north-south axis. To the south is Prasat Ta Meuan Toht, a smaller structure, with an outer wall. The last and smallest of three is Prasat Ta Meuan, a small building with no wall, approx 15m x 5m in size. All of these buildings show signs of disrepair and looting. A return journey by taxi to the complex will cost you 2000 baht (April 2007). There are occasional excursion buses, when there is sufficient interest. Check with your hotel or travel agent. There is no on-site English language assistance, nor much information about the complex. There may still be unexploded land mines from the days of the Khmer Rouge. Stay on the paths and do not wander into the surrounding jungle. Entry is free.
 
* '''Prasat Ta Meuan''' - a complex of three structures built in the 12th–13th centuries around the time of the Cambodian king Jayavarman VII. The largest building is Prasat Ta Meuan Thom. It is surrounded by an outer wall, and contains a large central, rectangular building on a north-south axis. To the south is Prasat Ta Meuan Toht, a smaller structure, with an outer wall. The last and smallest of three is Prasat Ta Meuan, a small building with no wall, approx 15m x 5m in size. All of these buildings show signs of disrepair and looting. A return journey by taxi to the complex will cost you 2000 baht (April 2007). There are occasional excursion buses, when there is sufficient interest. Check with your hotel or travel agent. There is no on-site English language assistance, nor much information about the complex. There may still be unexploded land mines from the days of the Khmer Rouge. Stay on the paths and do not wander into the surrounding jungle. Entry is free.
  
* '''Prasat Sikhoraphum''' - a set of temple ruins in a quiet surroundings, can be reached by bus or train (30km, 1 hour plus)
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* '''Prasat Sikhoraphum''' - a set of temple ruins in a quiet surroundings, can be reached by bus or train (30 km, 1 hour plus)
  
 
* '''Prasat Hin Phluang''' - a collection of several minor ruins near the Cambodian border; private transport (watch out for landmines!)
 
* '''Prasat Hin Phluang''' - a collection of several minor ruins near the Cambodian border; private transport (watch out for landmines!)
  
* '''Prasat Phumpon''' - a small and jumbled collection of ruins (60km)
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* '''Prasat Phumpon''' - a small and jumbled collection of ruins (60 km)
  
== Buy ==
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== Eat ==
  
There is nothing truly distinctive to be found in Surin, however some prices are lower than in Bangkok.
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Surin has a fantastic night market. Be sure to try the Isaan sausage and Lao-style flattened chicken (gai yang).  
  
== Eat ==
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In addition to the night market, Surin is liberally endowed with small restaurants, and street vendors. Also the major hotels have reasonably priced menus.
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[[Rice (khao)]]
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''Thai jasmine rice'' is a meal Thai people eating. Surin is a land of rice with jasmine rice, the best in the country and the world. There are over 3 million hectares of rice-growing areas and is home to the Thailand rice culture and the world kitchen.
  
Surin has a fantastic night market. Be sure to try the Isaan sausage and Laos-style flattened chicken (gai yang), but be careful with the som-tam (papaya salad)!
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[[Curries]]
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''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.
  
In addition to the night market Surin is liberally endowed with small restaurants, and the usual street vendors. Also the major hotels have reasonably priced menus.
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[[Kunchiang]] 
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''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.
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For example of store:
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Kunchianghadao at 414/1-6 Thanasan Road Tel. 044-511775
  
 
== Drink ==
 
== Drink ==
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Surin is not overly well endowed with watering holes but there are a few places where one's palate, and appetite can be quenched.  
 
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 TT are two streets lined with small bars, small restaurants, small karaoke bars, and small go-go bars. The larger hotels also have bars and restaurants. There are also several small restaurants managed or owned by ex-pats scattered around town. The largest is the [http://farangconnection.com/nightlife-in-surin.html 'Farang Connection'], followed by the 'Oasis' and N & N's German restaurant, all near the bus station.
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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 [http://farangconnection.com/nightlife-in-surin.html 'Farang Connection'], followed by the 'Oasis' and N & N's German restaurant, all near the bus station.
  
 
== Sleep ==
 
== Sleep ==
  
There are three main 'good' hotels in Surin:
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Three of the better hotels in Surin:
  
* '''Petchaskem Hotel''' (''500m from the bus station'') is an older hotel.
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* '''Petchaskem Hotel''' (500 m from the bus station) is an older hotel.
  
* '''Surin Majestic''' (''next to the bus station'') is the new and best looking hotel in Surin.
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* '''Surin Majestic''' (next to the bus station) is the newest and best looking hotel in Surin.
  
* '''Thong Tarin Hotel''' (''about 500 m from the bus station'') is clean and tidy, and with an attached 'Rose Bath House', where a tired male can find female companionship.
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* <sleep name="Thong Tarin Hotel" alt="" address="60 Sinrat Rd" directions="about 500 m from the bus station" phone="+66 44 514 281" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="1,000 baht double, including a buffet breakfast">Clean and tidy, and with the attached, Rose Bath House, where men can find female companionship. It is a 10-floor hotel, quite well-appointed and with good facilities including a swimming pool. Rooms are good and clean, with hot water in the shower, and tea and coffee making facilities.</sleep>
 
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In addition to these hotels there is a range of accommodation around the town, and just outside.
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Always ask for a discount (700-800 baht/night) in the non-elephant roundup season!
 
Always ask for a discount (700-800 baht/night) in the non-elephant roundup season!
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== Get out ==
 
== Get out ==
  
* [[Buriram]]
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* [[Buriram]] — Can get a train there for 41 baht, in a second-class carriage with a guaranteed seat. Third class is free, but crowded. The train is not air conditioned, but there are ceiling fans and open windows,so it is not really uncomfortable.
* [[Cambodia]]is accessible at the Chong Chom/O'Smach border crossing. The drive into Cambodia becomes very scenic as the road descends the Dangrek Mountains. At the border, between the two countries' immigration offices, are a couple of '''casino hotels'''. Visas are issued at this border, make sure you only pay $20 for a Cambodian tourist visa - touts will try to convince you to pay more. On the Cambodian side, O'Smach town, a collection of attap huts and dirt streets, is less than 1 km down the hill from the immigration offices. It hosts at least three (bricks and mortar) '''guesthouses''' for anyone arriving late and not being able to make onward transport. It also has a market with cafes and a branch of Acleda Bank (no ATM). '''Paramount Angkor Transport''' runs buses to [[Samraong]] and beyond from O'Smach town, look for the attap hut with bus advertisements on the highway at the turning to the town. On the Thai side, minibuses run from Chong Chom to [[Surin]] (60 Baht).  
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* [[Si Saket]]
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* [[Cambodia]] —  Is accessible at the Chong Chom/O'Smach border crossing. The drive into Cambodia becomes very scenic as the road descends the Dangrek Mountains. At the border, between the two countries' immigration offices, are a couple of '''casino hotels'''. Visas are issued at this border, make sure you only pay US$20 for a Cambodian tourist visa. Touts will try to convince you to pay more. On the Cambodian side, O'Smach town, a collection of attap huts and dirt streets, is less than 1 km down the hill from the immigration offices. It hosts at least three (bricks and mortar) '''guesthouses''' for anyone arriving late and not being able to make onward transport. It also has a market with cafes and a branch of Acleda Bank (no ATM). '''Paramount Angkor Transport''' runs buses to [[Samraong]] and beyond from O'Smach town, look for the attap hut with bus advertisements on the highway at the turning to the town. On the Thai side, minibuses run from Chong Chom to [[Surin]] (60 baht).  
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* [[Si Saket]] — Can get there by bus or train.
  
 
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For other places with the same name, see Surin (disambiguation).

Surin (สุรินทร์) is a town in Isaan, Thailand.

Understand[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

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.

By Bus[edit]

  • Bangkok's northern bus terminal (Mo Chit 2) on Kamphaeng Phet II Rd has daily service to Surin. For more information, call +66 29 362 852-66 [1]. Transport Co, Surin Branch Tel. +66 44 511 756. Kitchakan Ratchasima Tour Co, tel. +66 44 512 161, Nakhon Chai Air Co., Tel. +66 4451-5151.
  • Minibuses (60 baht) connect the town with Chong Chom, which hosts a border crossing with O'Smach in Cambodia.

A bus from Si Saket will cost 92 baht.

Bus and train terminals are within easy walking distance, about 300 m apart.

By train[edit]

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 [2].

Get around[edit]

Surin is a small town. Most journeys in the central area can be accomplished on foot. However, there are also samlors (rickshaws/'saam-law') 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.

See[edit][add listing]

Do[edit][add listing]

Surin is not the most picturesque spot on the earth, but it does have a few, small attractions.

  • Surin National Museum - has exhibits relating to the geography, history and ethnic groups of Surin. The museum is located about four km south of the city along Rt 214. There is nothing to see along the road, and given the speed of cars and the lack of a sidewalk, walking is not recommended. The pink songthaew from the city will take you to the museum for 10 baht, or use a tuk-tuk/samlor.
  • Silk Village
  • Statue of the founder of Surin
  • Wats - Surin has several.
  • Elephant training village - at Tha Tum, about 60 km away.

Festivals[edit]

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.

Khmer-era temples[edit]

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).

  • Prasat Ta Meuan - a complex of three structures built in the 12th–13th centuries around the time of the Cambodian king Jayavarman VII. The largest building is Prasat Ta Meuan Thom. It is surrounded by an outer wall, and contains a large central, rectangular building on a north-south axis. To the south is Prasat Ta Meuan Toht, a smaller structure, with an outer wall. The last and smallest of three is Prasat Ta Meuan, a small building with no wall, approx 15m x 5m in size. All of these buildings show signs of disrepair and looting. A return journey by taxi to the complex will cost you 2000 baht (April 2007). There are occasional excursion buses, when there is sufficient interest. Check with your hotel or travel agent. There is no on-site English language assistance, nor much information about the complex. There may still be unexploded land mines from the days of the Khmer Rouge. Stay on the paths and do not wander into the surrounding jungle. Entry is free.
  • Prasat Sikhoraphum - a set of temple ruins in a quiet surroundings, can be reached by bus or train (30 km, 1 hour plus)
  • Prasat Hin Phluang - a collection of several minor ruins near the Cambodian border; private transport (watch out for landmines!)
  • Prasat Phumpon - a small and jumbled collection of ruins (60 km)

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.


Rice (khao) Thai jasmine rice is a meal Thai people eating. Surin is a land of rice with jasmine rice, the best in the country and the world. There are over 3 million hectares of rice-growing areas and is home to the Thailand rice culture and the world kitchen.

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. For example of store: Kunchianghadao at 414/1-6 Thanasan Road Tel. 044-511775

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Three of the better hotels in Surin:

  • Petchaskem Hotel (500 m from the bus station) is an older hotel.
  • Surin Majestic (next to the bus station) is the newest and best looking hotel in Surin.
  • Thong Tarin Hotel, 60 Sinrat Rd (about 500 m from the bus station), +66 44 514 281. Clean and tidy, and with the attached, Rose Bath House, where men can find female companionship. It is a 10-floor hotel, quite well-appointed and with good facilities including a swimming pool. Rooms are good and clean, with hot water in the shower, and tea and coffee making facilities. 1,000 baht double, including a buffet breakfast.  edit

Always ask for a discount (700-800 baht/night) in the non-elephant roundup season!

Get out[edit]

  • Buriram — Can get a train there for 41 baht, in a second-class carriage with a guaranteed seat. Third class is free, but crowded. The train is not air conditioned, but there are ceiling fans and open windows,so it is not really uncomfortable.
  • Cambodia — Is accessible at the Chong Chom/O'Smach border crossing. The drive into Cambodia becomes very scenic as the road descends the Dangrek Mountains. At the border, between the two countries' immigration offices, are a couple of casino hotels. Visas are issued at this border, make sure you only pay US$20 for a Cambodian tourist visa. Touts will try to convince you to pay more. On the Cambodian side, O'Smach town, a collection of attap huts and dirt streets, is less than 1 km down the hill from the immigration offices. It hosts at least three (bricks and mortar) guesthouses for anyone arriving late and not being able to make onward transport. It also has a market with cafes and a branch of Acleda Bank (no ATM). Paramount Angkor Transport runs buses to Samraong and beyond from O'Smach town, look for the attap hut with bus advertisements on the highway at the turning to the town. On the Thai side, minibuses run from Chong Chom to Surin (60 baht).
  • Si Saket — Can get there by bus or train.


Routes through Surin
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