Surin

Best known for its yearly festival dedicated to elephants, this small town also features Khmer ruins and lovely surrounding nature.

Surin is a town in Thailand, capital of Surin province, 431 km east-north-east of Bangkok. It is the site of the annual Surin Elephant Round-up. The earliest settlers in this region were hunter-gatherers. It is in the Iron Age (500 BCE to 500 CE) that the first evidence of human settlement emerges in the province, with approximately sixty known Iron Age sites. Following the Dvaravati period, the powerful Khmer Empire expanded its influence throughout what is now the southern Isan region of Thailand. This period covers the 7th to 13th centuries CE. Surin was an important part of the ancient Khmer empire. Temple ruins and a substantial ethnic Khmer minority remain part of Surin.
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