From Surin Province

Bordering on the Kampuchean boundary. Surin today is well known for its annual Elephant Show, which usually takes place in the third week of November and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is 457 kilometers from Bangkok.

Phraya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang Monument

Phraya Surin Pakdee Srinarong Jangwang

THAI NAME: อนุสาวรีย์พระยาสุรินทรภักดีศรีณรงค์จางวาง
LOCATION: Amphoe Mueang District in Surin Province
GPS: 14.878425 103.489546

This monument is dedicated to the first Surin town lord, Phraya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang. The antique brass statue is 2.2 meters tall, and holds a curved blade pike in his right hand, a symbol of the lord’s excellent talent in controlling war elephants, as well as Surin’s plentiful elephants since ancient times. The statue is situated at town’s southern gate, which was once the inner town wall. The monument was officially opened in 1985. Nearby, close to the moat, are also the Elephant Monument and Pakam Spirit Shrine, which commemorates the town’s history.

Elephant Village

Ban Taklang Elephant Village

THAI NAME: หมู่บ้านช้างบ้านตากลาง
LOCATION: Tha Dum District in Surin Province
GPS: 15.265657 103.496994

Many elephants can be found at Ban Ta Klang, Tambon Krapho, Amphoe Tha Tum. The villagers here earn their living by farming and weaving, they also keep elephants as pets.The elephants here are treated like friends and have been trained well by their mahouts. Every third weekend of November there will be the famous Elephant Show in Surin and many smart elephants participating in the show are from Ban Tha Klang.

Ban Taklang Elephant Village

Basketry Village

Ban Buthom 14 kilometers from the province on the Highway 226 (Surin – Sikhoraphumroute) the village produces ratan baskets of various types. Basketry shops line both sides of the road.

Silverware Village

Ban Khwao Sinarin and Ban Chok Iocated on Highway 214 with a 4 kilometers right turn between Km. 14 -15, the villages produce and put on sale assorted silver ornaments such as belts, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and watches. A large number of silverware shops line both sides of the road.

Prasat Hin Chom Phra

a small stone castle in Amphoe Chom Phra about 28 Kilometers from Surin town, probably used to be an idol temple built by the Khmer. Today a large Buddha image is enshrined in front of the structure.

Prasat Hin Ban Phluang

situated at Amphoe Prasat, is a little over thirty kilometers from Surin proper. Although comparatively small in size it is nevertheless beautiful and recently renovated.