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  • Ta Muan
    4 stars

    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 the smallest of the three, is a 13th century, Jayavarman VII period, laterite chapel thought to have served as a kind of rest house/way ... read more

  • Surin elephant festival
    4 stars

    Although the festival officially lasts for 10 days, the main events are held during the first weekend at See Na Rong provincial stadium in the south of town. For two days, you can watch elephants run races, play football and perform all sorts of tricks. The weekend culminates with an elaborate ... read more

  • Sikhoraphum
    4 stars

    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 Department -- some may think the site is on the over-manicured side, so this isn't one for those who love their ruins, well, ruined. Some criticism has ... read more

  • Ban Ta Klang
    2.5 stars

    Their legacy lives on in Baan Ta Klang, where today there are practically as many elephants as people. At the village centre is a fairly large elephant training area, a small museum, and the Surin Elephants Study Centre. Visitors have the opportunity to feed, bathe and ride elephants, or just ... read more

  • Baan Tha Sawang silk weaving village
    3 stars

    A handful of places put on traditional silk weaving displays, but the best are in gorgeous open-air wooden buildings surrounded by gardens down a gravel path (look for the wooden gates on the right when walking into the village). Here you'll see giant traditional looms that require four people on ... read more

  • Surin National Museum
    3 stars

    A handful of exhibits display cloths, art and tools from all of the above, and there are even a few English descriptions. The museum is worth a peek if heading towards the Khmer ruins as you'll acquire some knowledge which may help put the ruins into the historical-cultural context of the area. ... read more

  • Khmer temples
    4 stars

    Phnom Rung is also served by local bus from Prasart town but Muan Tam -- a further six kilometres down the road unfortunately isn't. If you are interested in taking in the area's main temple sites, then it's worthwhile splashing out on a day tour from Pirom-Aree's Guesthouse otherwise you're going ... read more

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