Introducing Surin & Si Saket Provinces
Surin and Si Saket provinces are full of Angkor-era Khmer ruins. Most are rather modest and of interest only to those with a history habit. On the other hand, the artwork at Sikhoraphum is outstanding and Prasat Ta Meuan, out in the jungle, is very evocative. The region's Khmer influence comes not only from the past, but also the present. Over one-third of the population of these two closely related provinces is ethnically Khmer and this remains the principal language in many villages.
Besides the temples, Surin Province is home to Ban Ta Klang elephant village and some famous craft centres, while Si Saket is home to one of Thailand's most unusual temples. The capital cities are far less interesting than the countryside, although Surin makes a comfortable enough base.