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History of Surin 

In historical aspect, Surin’s story can be dated back thousands of year B.C. when Suay or Kuay ethnic group migrated along Mekong River to settle around Dongrek Range. Kuay ethnic people, found in Thailand and Laos, is talent in catching and training elephant. Some 2,000 years ago, during Khmer Era, Surin town was established. After the fall of Khmer Empire, the town was neglected until 1763, when Luang Surin Pakdi (Chiang Pum) headmen of Mueang Thi Village, led his people to settle at Ban Khu Prakai, in present Surin City. He was promoted at the first mayor later. Surin is some 457 kilometres from Bangkok. The province acquires total area of 8,124 square kilometers and it can be divided in 17 Amphoes namely Mueang Surin, Chumphon Buri, Tha Tum, Chom Phra, Prasat, Kap Choeng, Rattanaburi, Phanom, Sikhoraphum, Sangkha, Samrong Tarp, Buachet, Lamduan, Si Narong, Phanom Dong Rak, Khwao Sinarin, and Non Narai.