The royally bestowed title of Lady Mo, Thao Suranari with intelligence and strength of purpose played a vital role in saving the country, defeating the invading armies of Laos in 1827. She was honoured the title Thao Suranari in recognition of her bravery by King Rama III. Thao Suranari's statue stands in the centre of Nakhon Ratchasima for people to pay respect, and is a popular object of devotion.
Thao Suranari was a daughter of Mr. Kim and Mrs. Boonma, born in BE 2314. Besides being a faithful follower of Buddhism, she was an accomplished rider of both elephants and horses as well. In 1826 when Vientiane King Anouvong invaded Siam, she did everything to make the Lao soldiers sympathetic to their Thai captives in addition to finding ways to delay the journey. Finally, Thai King Rama III had a chance to defeat Anuvoung's forces in three days of fighting and completely destroyed Anuvoung's capital city of Vientiane.
Thao Suranari was the wife of the assistant governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Mr. Thongkham. She breathed her last in 1852.