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Top Choice Thai in Surin

Som Tam Petmanee 2

AKA Som Tom Mae Pet, this simple Isan restaurant by Wat Salaloi (there's no Roman-script sign, but look for the large chicken grill) is Surin's most famous purveyor of sôm·đam (spicy green-papaya salad) and gài yâhn…
Top Choice Art Studio in Surin


You may find the village of Ban Tha Sawang, 8km west of Surin along Rte 4026, a fascinating stop, even if you're not particularly turned on by weaving. Chansoma, a family-run business in a cooling garden, has made i…
Top Choice Thai in Surin

Surin Green Market

Foodies in town on a weekend should make this popular market their breakfast destination. Although there's a variety of food available, Isan dishes are the most common. This is one place to sample the local speciali…
International in Surin

Sydney Canale

Filling big premises beside a section of the old outer moat, this is the top choice for fa·ràng (Western) food in Surin's city centre. It has air-con and open-air sections. The Australian-trained chef does a variety…
Thai in Surin

Surin Pochana

A Surin classic, this simple place has served delicious Thai fare, including a good đôm yam and fried frog with basil, since 1943. It's between the train station and the fountain.
Bakery in Surin

Kit Teung Bakery & Coffee

This bright, modern place just southeast of the train station has some of the best coffee in town, but it really sets itself apart with a fun selection of Thai baked goods.
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. Several sŏrn…
Cultural in Surin

Surin Elephant Round-up

Surin celebrates its famous and controversial festival for 11 days in mid-November with the main attraction being a 300-elephant battle reenactment. Elephant 'shows' of all kinds are contentious because the elephant…
Thai in Surin

Surin Chai Kit

This no-frills spot whips up tasty pan-egg breakfasts and stir-fried lunches. The owners speak good English, are very welcoming, give fa·ràng customers a handy city map and have simple guest rooms (single/double 320…
Shrine in Surin

San Lak Meuang

Surin's gorgeous city pillar shrine, just west of Th Tanasarn, is a modern Khmer-style prang with copies of Phanom Rung's famous Narai Bandhomsindhu lintel above the doors.