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Buri Ram - City of Pleasantness

Buri Ram is a land of ancient Khmer prosperity only 400 km from Bangkok, with the southern region of the province having a number of Khmer sanctuaries. The most magnificent of which is Phanom Rung and is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Khmer architecture in Thailand.

One of largest and most populated provinces in Isan, Buri Ram has as area of more than 10m square km and was covered with shady trees and fertile land. The name "Buriram" signifies the city of happiness or the city of joy.

Buri Ram Travel Guide

Athough the Province of Buriram is considered by many foreign travellers as little more than a rural backwater, this region has a rich historical legacy. There are more than 100 monuments and archeological sites dotted across the province, from both the Khmer and Dvaravati periods, which can be easily visited from the provincial capital of Buriram and the small town of Nang Rong.

Activities in Buri Ram

A trip to Buri Ram would not be complete without visiting Phanom Rung Historical Park. It's one of the most diverse national parks and certainly one of the most important Khmer sites in Thailand. Positioned on an extinct volcano, the park houses the largest number of Khmer monuments in Thailand and the whole site has been brought back to its’ full glory after nearly two decades of restoration, boasting temples, towers, Buddha images and all with a Khmer architectural influence.
Other activities would include the Kite Festival held during the harvest season when the northeast monsoon winds blow across the region, Buri Ram Long Boat Race is an annual event held in the first weekend of November and Phanom Rung Festival held every April to pay homage to the replica of Lord Buddha's footprint in the sanctuary.

Day Trips in Buri Ram

Buriram’s most impressive quality is its proximity to one of the most visually stunning Khmer sites in all of Thailand.
Phanom Rung Historical Park is home to the most popular daytrips for visitors to this area of Thailand.
There are many annual festivals in Buri Ram which makes March or April a good time to visit when the climate is at it's optimum for daytrips and sightseeing.
Buriram Bird Park is located at the Huai Talat reservoir, near to the town center and the park is an ideal place for bird watchers. Various kinds of birds migrate to this reservoir during November and April every year.

Entertainment in Buri Ram

Buriram serves as a regional transportation hub for northeastern Thailand, but also sports an active nightlife due to a large number of Western expats and accelerated by the large university in the city.
Most activity in Buriram centers around the train station which helps to form the northern and western edges of the city.
Buriram also has an array of good restaurant choices and is loaded with open-air restaurants frequented by locals, and devoid of English signs. Within Buriram city there lies a raging nightlife scene in a large parking lot off Romburi Road, near the train station, where a number of bars and discos can be heard.

Shopping in Buri Ram

Some people consider Buriram as a small, sleepy town and besause of this it has less shopping facilities than its larger neighbouring Provinces.
There are some shopping malls in Buri Ram but they are not used as much.
One of the most popular items on a tourits shopping list would be the Hand-woven Fabric that is specific to this region of northeast Thailand.
Visitors to Buriram usually buy silk and beautiful cotton fabrics from Ban Na Pho, which is to the north of Buriram. However they can also be purchased from silk stores in town.

Sightseeing in Buri Ram

Buriram serves as a convenient base for sightseeing trips to the Khmer ruins at Phanom Rung, south of the city.
The most impressive sights closer to the city are the Khao Kradung Forest Park and the Kradong Reservoir, both just a few kilometers from Buriram. The centerpiece of the park is a large white statue of Phra Suphatbohit Buddha, a figure sacred to the people of Buriram. It sits atop Khao Kradung, an extinct volcano, and is accessible by a 265m-high staircase or a paved road lined with Buddha statues. The reservoir below provides an ideal picnicking spot and has a great view of the large Buddha on the mountain above.

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