Surin Attractions

Pilgrimage to Sacred Places and Eco-Tourism

Many tourist attractions and sacred places in Amphoe Muang Surin reflect its long history and its close relation with elephants. Amphoe Muang is thus a good start for a visit to Surin, the land of elephants and Khmer ruins.

1) Monument of Phraya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang (Chiang Pum)

Located on Surin’s inner wall in the past, the Monument was constructed in 1984 in commemoration of Phraya Surin Phakdi, the first Governor of Surin. The brass figurine, 2.2 meters high, holds a hook in his right hand, reflecting his mastery on elephant at war, and the historical link between Surin and elephants.

Near the monument is elephant shrine, which recounts the events during the construction of Surin.

2) Surin City Pillar

Visitors should visit and pay respect to the City Pillar, locally regarded as sacred, for their good fortune.

3) Wat Burapharam

This ancient temple was apparently constructed by Phraya Surin Phakdi Si Narong Changwang (Chiang Pum) about 200 years ago in the Thonburi or early Rattanakosin periods. Luang Pho Chi, the Buddha statue in the posture of subduing mara, is enshrined in the wihan. This statue, probably completed during mara, is enshrined in the wihan. This statue, probably completed during the temple construction, is held most sacred by the local.

Inside the temple is the museum of the late Phra Rat Wutthachan (Luang Pu Dun Adulo), a highly venerated monk in meditation. He was a disciple of the renowned Phra A-chan Man Phurithatta, and once taught meditation to Phra A-chan Fan Acharo. His statue, remains, photo, and personal belongings are kept inside the museum.

4) Huai Sa-neng Reservoir

This reservoir is a popular recreational area for the people in Surin and nearby provinces. Many come here to picnic, to admire the sunset atmosphere, and to fishing.

Outdoor lovers can ride mountain bike around the reservoir, or rent boats from local people to go fishing in the reservoir. The rental charge is negotiable.

For bird watchers, south of the reservoir features a large lotus pond where many water birds inhabit, such as the jacana, moorhen, and various kinds of teal. Some birds, such as wagtail, pipit, and kingfisher, migrate to this place seasonally.

Contact for details about the accommodation around Huai Sa-neng Reservoir at Surin Irrigation Project, Huai Sa-neng Reservoir, Surin, tel. (044) 511966.

5) Phanom Sawai National Forest

Phanom means mountain and Sawai means mango. Phanom Sawai, the closest forest to the province, is a small mountain covered with Mixed deciduous forest. Phanom Sawai was regarded as a pilgrimage site. On the 1st day of the waxing moon in April many people walk to the temple on the mountaintop to listen to the mountaintop to listen to the Buddhist doctrine and toa make merit. In front of the Forest Headquarters, there are a number of reservoirs and short trekking routes.

The first peak at the altitude of 210 meters, called Khao Chai or Phanom Pro, houses Wat Phanom Sawai. Phra Buddha Surinthara Mongkhon, the huge brick-and concrete Buddha statue in the posture of giving blessing, can be seen from far away. The second peak at the altitude of 228 meters is called Khao Ying or Phanom Sarai.

On the third peak, called Khao Khok or Phanom Krol, the Buddhist Society of Surin constructed a pavilion with eight porticos on the occasion of Rattanakosin Bicentennial Celebration. The replica of Buddha’s Footprint was moved from Khao Chai to be enshrined in this pavilion. Also located on this peak is the pagoda in memory of Phra Rat Wutthachan (Luang Pu Dun Adulo), in which his statue is enshrined.

6) Nong Khu National Forest

The Royal Forestry Department, with the cooperation of the Danish Government, has explored and designated this 625-rai area to be a pine conservation area. To be a pine conservation area. Despite its inclination for mountainous area, pine here grows on the plain in Mixed deciduous forest, mixing with other trees such as timber trees, redwood and crape myrtle. The Department has designated trekking routes, prepared recreational areas, and grown some more trees.

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