Surin is most famous for its population of elephants. These clever creatures are very important to the villagers, and have become an icon of the province. The region is dotted with Khmer ruins, and known for its production of exquisite silks and jasmine rice.
Surin’s history dates back thousands of years to when the Suai and Kuai people settled near the Dongrek mountain range. During the Khmer period the town of Suirn was established, though it lay in ruins after the fall of the Khmer Empire until the late 1700s when Luang Surin Pakdi brought his villagers to the region to settle at Ban Khu Prathi.
Surin is some 457 kilometers from Bangkok. The province acquires total area of 8,124 square kilometers and is divided into 17 districts: Mueang Surin, Chumphon Buri, Tha Tum, Chom Phra, Prasat, Kap Choeng, Rattanaburi, Phanom, Si Khoraphum, Sangkha, Samrong Thap, Buachet, Lamduan, Si Narong, Phanom Dong Rak, Khwao Sinarin, and Non Narai.