By train the journey from Ayutthaya to Surin is scheduled to take from 5 to 7 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Ayutthaya to Surin
There are currently 6 trains a day from Ayutthaya to Surin.
- The fastest train service from Ayutthaya to Surin is Train #21 departing from Ayutthaya at 06:59 and scheduled to arrive in Surin 5 hours 10 minutes later at 12:09.
- The slowest train service from Ayutthaya to Surin is Train #141 departing from Ayutthaya at 00:17 and scheduled to arrive in Surin 7 hours 9 minutes later at 07:26.
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About Travel to Surin
Surin is a small town with around 40,000 permanent residents which receives few visitors except for during the Annual Elephant Round Up, which takes place in the the third weekend in November each year. During this annual event, which takes place over three days and involves processions of elephants and an re-enactment of an ancient battle utilising elephants, Surin becomes very busy and hotels need to booked in advance.
Surin is closely associated with the training of elephants. An ethnic group, variously called the Kuy or Kuai or Suy, settled in the area more than a thousand years ago. The Kuai specialise in training elephants and are famous for this. Visitors can find out more about the Kuai and their relationship with elephants by visiting Ban Ta Klang Elephant village, located about 60 km from Surin town. Ban Ta Klang Elephant village is reputed to be the largest elephant training centre in the world.
The other major tourist attractions in Surin Province are the Khmer era temples, which are the best of their kind in Thailand. Surin is near to the border with Cambodia and the area was settled by Khmer people during the height of the Khmer civilisation’s power. The Khmer temples around Surin were constructed during the periods when the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom were the capitals of the Khmer Empire.
Prasat Sikhoraphum is the best of these temples, although Prasat Ta Meuan, along with the ruins at Ban Phlai and Mueang Thi, are also worth visiting. None of the Khmer temples are in Surin town itself. It is possible to get to these temples by public transport but it takes some patience and initiative to do so. A better option is to hire a vehicle and drive, or hire a taxi for the day.