Attractions

Ruins in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Prasat Sikhoraphum

Built in the 12th century, Sikhoraphum features five brick prang (Hindi/Khmer-style stupas), two of which still hold their tops, including the 32m-tall central one. Only one lintel remains, but it's a stunner. Featu…
Ruins in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Prasat Ban Phluang

The 11th-century Prasat Ban Phluang, 33km south of Surin, is just a solitary sandstone prang (Hindi/Khmer-style stupa) without its top, but the wonderful carvings (including Indra riding his elephant Airavata – Eraw…
Arts Centre in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Chansoma

Its exquisite brocade fabrics (pâh yók torng) incorporate threads made of real gold and silver, but the weaving process is just as impressive as the finished cloth. Four women, including one sitting a floor below th…
Ruins in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Prasat Muang Thi

If you happen to be driving to Sikhoraphum, you may as well take a 400m detour off Rte 226 for a peep at Prasat Muang Thi. The three remaining brick prang (Hindi/Khmer-style stupas) are in sad shape (one looks as th…
Ruins in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Prasat Ta Meuan

The most atmospheric of Surin's Khmer ruins is a series of three sites known collectively as Prasat Ta Meuan in the forest on the Cambodian border. They line the Ancient Khmer Hwy linking Angkor Wat to Phimai and th…
Ruins in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai

Thirty kilometres west of Si Saket via Rte 226 in Amphoe Uthumphon Phisai, Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai, built as a shrine to Shiva, features four 11th-century prang and two wí·hăhn (large hall in a Thai temple, usua…
National Park in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Khao Phra Wihan National Park

The main attraction of the 130-sq-km Khao Phra Wihan National Park is one of the region's great Angkor-period monuments. Unfortunately Khao Phra Wihan ('Preah Vihear' in Khmer), which used to sit on the Thai side of…
Museum in Surin

Surin National Museum

Displays at this well-executed museum focus on the province's Khmer ruins and Surin's three ethnic groups: Lao, Khmer and Suai, the region's renowned elephant herders. It's 4km south of town on Rte 214. Catch pink s…
Buddhist Temple in Surin & Si Saket Provinces

Wat Lan Khuat

Officially it's Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaeo, but these days nearly everyone calls it Wat Lan Khuat, the 'Million Bottle Temple'. The temple's unique appearance is a result of creative use of thousands of bottles. It's in…
Arts Centre in Surin

Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center

The easiest place to see the entire silk-making process, from larva to loom, is at this research centre 4km west of town. Various displays can be seen any time and, while the silk makers only work on weekdays, a dem…