Monday, May 18, 2009

Bordering on the Kampuchean boundary, Surin today is well- known for its annual Elephant Show, which usually takes place in the third week of November and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is 457 kilometers from Bangkok.


Basketry Village, Ban Buthom 14 kilometers from the province on the I Highway 226 (Satin - Sikhoraphum route) the village produces rattan baskets of various types. Basketry shops line both sides of the road.

Presat Sikhoraphum is located at Amphoe Sikhoraphum about 55 kilometers from Surin. It is composed of five prang (pagoda, with the principal structure measuring 32 meters high. Beautiful designs are engraved onto the columns. It is believed that the site had been renovated once during the Ayutthaya Period.

Silverware Villages, Ban Khwao Sinarin and Ban Chok located on Highway 2l/1 (Satin - Chom Phra Route) with a 4 kilometers right turn between Km. l 4 - 15, the villages produce and put on sale assorted silver ornaments such as belts, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and watches. A large number of silverware shops line both sides of the road.

Prasat Hin Chom Phra small stone castle in Amphoe Chow Phra about 28 kilometers from Surin town, probably used to be an idol temple built by the Khmer. Today a large Buddha image is enshrined in front of the structure.

Elephant Village Many elephants can he found at Ban Ta Klang, Tambon Krapho, Amphora Tha Tum. The villagers here earn their living by firming and wea ving, they also keep elephants as pet. The elephants here are treated like friends and haw been trained well by their mahouts. Every third weekend of November there will he the famous Elephant Show in Surin and many smart elephants participating in the show are from Ban Tha Kiang.

Prasat Hin Ban Phluang situated at Amphoe Prasat, is a little over thirty kilometers from Surin proper. Although comparatively small in size, it is nevertheless beautiful and recently renovated

Surin Elephant Show is held in the third weekend of November. Internationally famous, this annual event brings crowds of visitors to the provincial capital of Surin, where over 100 trained elephants are assembled. Among the spectacular features are wild elephant hunts, tugs of war, demonstrations of log hauling skills, and a parade of elephants outfitted for medieval warfare.


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