Traveling in Surin province in North-East Thailand

Elephant Festival Surin, Thailand

Last year I did make a posting about counting all the provinces I had been in Thailand. And I saw I have been to (stayed in) 48 provinces out of the 76. So in the coming months I will travel via my postings from the most southern province I have been to the most northern province, with some photos and information about each province. This is part 38 of the 47 (out of the 77) provinces where I have at least stayed overnight once. Surin province is in the southern part of North-East Thailand and borders Cambodia in the south (with International border crossing). On the east Surin borders with Si Saket province and on the west with Buriram province. And in the north with Roi-Et province and Maha Sarakham province. Surin is mostly famous for the yearly Elephant Festival that is held in November. For the rest Surin is not really a tourist destination. Surin town is a modern provincial town with Thai & Western restaurants, hotels & guesthouses and limited nightlife.

For me personally it must have been around 2001 that I was for the first time in Surin town and in the following years I did visit the place a few times as friends of mine are living there. But since exploring the north of Thailand I have not been back to Surin anymore. Actually I also see that I did not make much photos in Surin. So the photo above is not mine.

Popular Travel Destinations 

  • Elephant Festival (in November)
  • Elephant village
  • Baan Tha Sawang Silk Weaving Village
  • Prasat Ta Muan (ancient Khmer ruin)
  • Prasat Sikhorapum  (ancient Khmer ruin)
  • Surin National Museum
  • Phanom Sawai Forrest Park

How to get to Surin province?

  • 🚘 🛵 from Bangkok via route 2 and route 24.
  • ✈️ nearest airport is in Buriram or actually Stauek
  • 🚞 the Train Station of Surin is along the Eastern North-East Railroad between Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani
  • 🚌 from all major cities in North-East Thailand and of course from Bangkok.

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