Raise your trunks! Surin, Northeast Thailand

Raise your trunks! Surin, Northeast Thailand

Raise your trunks! Surin, Northeast Thailand


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When famous French archaeologist/explorer Etienne Aymonier visited Surin town at the end of the 19th century he found a collection of bamboo huts on a sandy knoll surrounded by orchards and gardens. He also found the layout of what had clearly been an important city in the Angkor Empire, with two large enclosure palisades and a wide moat, surrounding a square citadel with four entrance gates.

Indeed the local name for Surin at that time was Banteay Srok -- 'Citadel of the Region' or 'Regional Fortress' in Khmer -- and a rather melodramatic local saying was, 'if Surin shall fall then so shall Khorat'. If not a major urban site, as the lack of temple ruins would seem to indicate, Surin was at least once an important Angkor military settlement.

With the decline of the Khmer empire, some cities such as Angkor Thom, Banteay Chmar and Beng Melea were completely abandoned, while the more robust regional ... Read our complete Surin travel guide

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