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The province of Surin

General information about the province of Surin

Province capital: Surin
Name in Thai: สุรินทร์

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Province of region Northeastern Thailand (Isaan)

Surin is a province located in the southeast of the Isan region. It is particularly known for its rich culture, its ancestral traditions, and especially for its long-standing association with elephants with its great annual festival on which you know my opinion so I will not dwell on this event whose I never share the dates.

Surin is also renowned for its crafts, particularly silk and silver. Ban Tha Sawang village is famous for its high-quality silk, hand-woven in traditional patterns that reflect the cultural richness of the region. Visitors can observe artisans at work, discovering the skills and techniques passed down from generation to generation, and of course, purchase unique pieces as souvenirs or gifts.

The province is also home to several important historical and archaeological sites. Phanom Rung Sanctuary, built on the summit of an extinct volcano and dedicated to Shiva, although located in the neighboring province of Buriram, it is easily accessible from Surin and is a popular excursion for those interested in history and architecture.

Besides its elephants, handicrafts and historical sites, Surin invites visitors to explore its local markets, traditional festivals and delicious cuisine, providing an authentic experience of life in Isaan. From spicy regional dishes to local sweets, Surin's gastronomy is a culinary journey in itself.

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The city of Surin (we are talking about the city in Northeast Thailand, Isan, not to be confused with Surin near Phuket) is best known for its famous Elephant Festival (Round Up Festival) which is held annually on the third week of November. This is the time of year when there are many many visitors. I am not a big fan of this event since the elephant aprticipating are trained and would prefer to live peacefully. The rest of the year, tourism is quite quiet. I must say that if the Surin Province...

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