Surin

Surin

Surin is a little visited province in the lower part of North East Thailand, the area known as Isan. The province bordering Cambodia with capital Surin town is known for its annual elephant round-up, ancient Khmer temples and handicraft villages. For several centuries Surin was under control of the Khmer empire from Angkor. A great number of Khmer temples were build, of which many remain today in various states of preservation. The provincial seal depicts the Hindu God Indra riding the three headed elephant Airavata, a scene often depicted on Khmer temples.

Elephant round-up

Surin province is best known for its elephant round-up, an annual event that takes place in November. In the history of Thailand elephants have played an important role in wars and later in the logging business. The event features a parade of elephants, various shows and performances to demonstrate the skill and strength of the animals as well as dance and music shows. Highlight of the round-up is the re enactment of several historic battles with elephants carrying soldiers dressed in traditional battle uniforms armed with ancient weapons. The event is held at Si Narong stadium in Surin town.