There are 6 trains a day from Bangkok to Surin and the journey is scheduled to take from 6 to 8 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Timetable from Bangkok to Surin
Click on the Bangkok – Surin link below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Bangkok - Surin ฿ 402–621 5h – 11h 17m|
Bangkok Railway Station
Bangkok’s main train station is Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal located at Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900.
Surin Railway Station
Surin Train Station is located at Nai Mueang, Mueang Surin District, Surin 32000.
About Travel to Surin
For most of the year Surin is a quiet town with receives relatively few visitors. This all changes in the 3rd weekend of November each year with large numbers of tourists descending on the town for the annual Elephant Round Up. In its current form the Elephant Round Up is a 3 day festival culminating in an reenactment of famous battle between Thai and Burmese Armed Forces in a stadium. The show involves over 300 elephants and many more human performers, all dressed in period costume.
The origins of the Elephant Round Up festival are believed to date back hundreds of years to a period between the end of the Khmer occupation of the area in the 13th Century to the start of the more modern era of Thai history from the end of the 18th Century when Bangkok became the capital. During that period an ethnic group called the Kui or Kuy settled in the area around Surin. The Kuy are famous for their skill in domesticating and training elephants, and elephants are an important part of their culture. Up until 1962 the Elephant Round Up in Surin involved encoraging wild elephants into giant pens where they would remain until trained. Back then the event was royally sponsored and witnessed by many visiting dignitaries.
Also of interest in Surin are the Khmer era temples such as Prasat Sikhoraphum, Prasat Ta Meuan, Ban Phlai and Mueang Thi. These ancient temple sites are all located some distance from Surin Town so to visit them you need to either rent a vehicle or hire a taxi as travel by transport in difficult.