Trains from Don Mueang Airport to Surin

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.

Don MueangSurinTrainService
06:2712:0921Special Express
21:2204:1323Special Express
  • The fastest train from Don Mueang Airport to Surin is Train #21 departing at 06:27, which is scheduled to complete the journey in 5 hours 42 minutes.
  • The slowest train service from Don Mueang Airport to Surin is Train #141 departing at 23:23, which is scheduled to the complete the journey in 8 hours 03 minutes.

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Location of Don Mueang Airport Train Station

Google Map of Don Mueang Airport Railway Station

Location of Surin Train Station

Google Map of Surin Railway Station

About Travel to Surin

Surin is generally described as being a city, but with 40,000 residents this settlement in the remote east of Thailand would be classed as a medium sized town in many other countries.

Tourism in Surin

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.

Tradition of Elephant Keeping

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.

Elephant camp in Surin
Elephant camp in Surin
Annual Elephant Round Up

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 elephants who were herded in their hundreds into an enclosure. The round up enjoyed royal patronage until 1962 with many foreign heads of state and dignitaries coming to Surin to witness the spectacle. The round up, however, has changed in modern times.

Round Up 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.

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