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  • Surin elephant festival
    4 stars

    The people of Surin province have been famous for centuries thanks to their adeptness at capturing and training elephants. Since 1960, they have celebrated their special relationship with elephants every year in November, when elephants and mahouts show off their tricks at the annual elephant ... read more

  • Prasat Ta Muan
    4 stars

    The ancient Khmer ruins known as Ta Muan are situated on the Cambodian border in Phnom Dong Rak district, far southwestern Surin province. The historical site actually consists of three separate temples: Ta Muan, Ta Muan Toch (or Tot) and Ta Muan Tom. Ta Muan, the first you will come across and ... read more

  • Prasart Sikhorapum
    4 stars

    Sikhoraphum is a medium size laterite and sandstone sanctuary that probably won't blow you away, but is worth a half-hour if you're a history buff. Two of the towers are relatively complete, with the others missing their upper parts, but the whole site has been restored by the Thai Fine Arts ... read more

  • Baan Ta Klang
    2.5 stars

    This tiny village in the northwestern corner of Surin province was historically home to a small ethnic group known as the Kui, who were employed by Ayutthaya kings thanks to their skills at capturing and taming wild elephants. Their legacy lives on in Baan Ta Klang, where today there are ... read more

  • Wat Burapharam
    3.5 stars

    Wat Burapharam is a royal grade temple that was established by the founder of Surin in the late 19th century. The centrally located meditation monastery houses Luang Phor Phra Chi, the most sacred Buddha image in Surin. Seated in the subduing Mara posture, the medium-size Buddha image sits in a ... read more

  • Baan Tha Sawang silk weaving village
    3 stars

    It was unclear to us whether Baan Tha Sawang has been producing silk for centuries or is a more recent development aimed at bringing in tourists (we received mixed info in the village itself), but it's a pleasant place to spend an hour regardless. A handful of places put on traditional silk ... read more

  • Minor Khmer ruins and other attractions
    3 stars

    Aside from Ta Muan and Sikhoraphum, there are numerous other smaller Khmer ruins in Prasat and Sangkha districts, and many are hard to find. Indeed some of the more interesting ones have no signs whatsoever whereas some of the best signposted ones are of little or no interest such as Prasat Muang ... read more

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