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Surin Province

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Introduction

Surin is 457 kilometers distance from Bangkok by car and 420 kilometers by train; Surin 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) and 3 king Amphoes (Sub districts).

Borders
- North    : Roi Et and Maha Sarakham.
- South   : Cambodia
- East     : Si Sa Ket
- West    : Buri Ram

Despite its long historical background, there is so far no precise evidence to prove the origin of Surin Province. It has  been said for generations that Surin was built some 2,000 years ago when the ancient Khmer dominated the region. Surin was abandoned after the decline 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.

By Bus
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).

By Train
There are trains leaving Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lam Phong) daily. The distance is 420 kilometers.
For further details please call the Information Counter, State Railway of Thailand, Tel. 2337010, 2337020
There are also local bus services from the provincial city of Surin to all Amphoes and to nearby provinces. Travelling within the city is also possible by tricycle rickshaw, tuk-tuk and metered taxis.

By Car
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.

Surin has been an elephants’ 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 a weekend in mid November. The fair is regarded an international annual event 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 a football match, a war elephant parade and performances of local traditional dancing. Ahead of the main Elephant Show, schools and local businesses decorate floats with exotic fruits. These are judged and then, the following morning, provided for the delight of the elephants at the great Elephant Buffet Breakfast.

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