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The gateway to Thailand’s rural northeast; Buriram is a delightful city and province that provides a wonderful insight into the area’s cultural heritage. Closer to Angkor Wat than Bangkok, Buriram once formed part of the ancient Khmer Empire and many examples of the area’s rich history remain today. These include the spectacular Phanom Rung Historical Park, an ancient a Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano close to the Cambodian border. Guests can now use the city of Buriram as a base from which to discover the province’s cultural treasures, or as a gateway to “Isaan”, Thailand’s charming northeast region. But Buriram is also a delightful destination in itself, with a moat, markets and museums, plus newer attractions like the city’s motor racing circuit. Book now at Best Western Royal Buriram Hotel and discover everything this city has to offer.
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Phanom Rung Historical Park
An ancient Khmer temple complex set 400 meters above sea-level on the rim of an extinct volcano, Phanom Rung is a truly spectacular site. One of the most significant temples of the Angkor era, it lies on the so-called "Ancient Khmer Highway", which links Angkor with Phimai, the major temple complex in northeast Thailand. Dating from between the 10th and 13th centuries, Phanom Rung features a 160-meter-long walkway leading to a red sandstone temple. But Phanom Rung's most impressive feat comes once a year, on April 13th, when the sun shines directly through all 15 portals of the temple. The site is about an hour’s drive from the city of Buriram.
Chang International Circuit
Thailand's only major motor racing track, Buriram's Chang International Circuit was built in 2014 with a view to attracting global motorsport events to Thailand. It was designed by Herman Tilke, who was also responsible for the Formula One tracks in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Austria and Abu Dhabi among others. And while Thailand has not yet managed to attract an F1 race, the Chang International Circuit has hosted rounds of the World Touring Car Championship, Asian Le Mans Series, World Superbike Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. The track, which is sponsored by Chang, the Thai beer company, is also known as the Buriram United International Circuit.
Khao Kradong Forest Park
Guests seeking a quick break from the city should head to Khao Kradong Forest Park. Located on the site of an extinct volcano just 6km from downtown and at an altitude of 265 meters, this jungle-clad hill is home to Phra Suphattharabophit, a large Buddhist statue that has become the symbol of Buriram. Khao Kradong can be scaled via a long staircase with 297 steps. Halfway to the top lies a pool which is said to be the mouth of the volcano. Guests can cross the pool using a suspension bridge. Climbers who make it all the way to the top are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Buriram's main night market opens daily from approximately 4pm to 8pm, and features a varied selection of stalls and street food vendors. Located on Romburi Road, close to the city's park and moats, the market often includes pop-up stalls selling freshly-squeezed fruit juices and smoothies. And if guests fancy something stronger to drink, Romburi Road is also home to a couple of good bars. Alternatively, guests can try out Klong Thom Market, which offers a wide array of local goods including produce fresh from the area's farms. This market can be difficult to find however, as it moves around the city.
Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre
Located at the Buriram Rajabhat Institute in the city center, the Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre is dedicated to the history and culture of Thailand’s "Lower Isaan" region, where Buriram is located. The center provides visitors with a wealth of informative exhibits, including ancient statues and artworks, ceramics, classical murals, weavings, and model recreations of regional communities and villages. Topics covered by the center include the traditional use of elephants and the culture of the local Suai people, who have tamed and domesticated wild elephants for centuries. Unfortunately the Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre is closed on weekends and public holidays.
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