By train the journey from Don Mueang Airport to Surin is scheduled to take from 6 to 8 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Don Mueang Airport to Surin
There are currently 6 direct trains a day from from Don Mueang Airport to Surin.
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- The fastest train from Don Mueang Airport to Surin is Train #21 departing at 06:29, which is scheduled to complete the journey in 5 hours 40 minutes.
- The slowest train service from Don Mueang Airport to Surin is Train #141 departing at 23:26, which is scheduled to the complete the journey in 8 hours 00 minutes.
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Location of Don Mueang Airport Train Station
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Location of Surin Train Station
About Travel to Surin
Surin is classed as a city, but with 40,000 residents this settlement in the remote east of Thailand would be classed a medium sized town in many other countries. Not so many tourists go to Surin, except that is for the annual Elephant Round Up that takes places in Surin on the 3rd weekend of November each year. Surin is a city that is closely associated with elephants.
The province was settled by an ethnic group known as the Kuy or Kuai at some point between the end of the Khmer occupation of Surin in the 13th Century and the ascendancy of the Chakri Dynasty (Thailand’s current royal family) in the middle of the 18th Century. The Kuy people have a tradition of raising and domesticating elephants, and traditionally live in wooden houses on very high stilts to accommodate an elephant living underneath. The Kuy remain very influential in the local ‘elephant farming industry’ and around a quarter of Thailand’s captive elephants are believed to have come from Surin.
An annual elephant round up has been taking place in Surin for at least the last five centuries, perhaps longer. The original spectacle involved the capture of wild elephant who were herded in their hundreds into a enclosure. The round up enjoyed royal patronage until 1962 with many foreign heads of state and dignitaries comming to Surin to witness the spectacle. The round up, however, has changed in modern times. The elephants are no longer wild and Thailand’s royal family no longer sponsors the event. Instead, trained elephants perform shows, and the event, which is in a stadium, ends with a re-enactment of a famous battle with Burma involving the use of war elephants, which Thailand won. There are also parades of elephants and several days of associated events related to the elephants and the Kuy people themselves.