Surin is the capital of the small but densely populated province of Surin in Thailand’s Isaan region. Air-conditioned buses run every hour from 07:00 to 22:30 between the town and Bangkok’s Mochit bus terminal. There is also train service from Hua Lumphong station. From the bus station, there are regular VIP and local services to Isaan cities like Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Sisaket, Khon Kaen, Buri Ram and Maha Sarakham. Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Rayong are other destinations that can be reached directly from Surin. Surin’s bus station is located just north of the centre of town on the main north-to-south Pattamanon Road. The station is small but there are several food and drink stalls. There are many temples to visit in and around town, plus an annual three-day elephant festival held each November when accommodation is hard to obtain.