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Buriram is a provincial capital of the namesake province in the Northeast of Thailand. The city of Buriram is a friendly place, but lacks much of interest to tourists. The southern reaches of the province, on the other hand, have some of Thailand's must-see Khmer relics. The countryside is peppered with dozens of ancient ruins, the crowning glory of which is Phanom Rung, a beautifully restored complex climbing to the summit of an extinct volcano. The most spectacular Angkor monument in Thailand, Phanom Rung is well worth the journey and should impress even those who've already experienced Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Best time to visit

There are three seasons in Isan provinces; winter from October to February, which is usually dry and pretty cold at night and it’s the best time to visit; summer, from February till May which can be extremely hot and dry; and rainy season from May till September when the region will be hit by regular thunderstorms which are usually stronger in August. Buriram province usually experiences a lighter rainy season compared to its neighbours so even if you can travel only during those months it will not be a problem.

Check the below table for the general idea of Buriram weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.5 23.9 17.8
Feb 33.6 27 20.9
Mar 35.2 28.9 23.3
Apr 36.1 29.9 24.8
May 34.7 29.2 25.2
Jun 33.8 28.8 25.1
Jul 32.9 28.2 24.6
Aug 32.4 27.8 24.4
Sep 31.9 27.5 24.2
Oct 31.5 27 23.2
Nov 31.7 26.2 21.3
Dec 30.6 24.6 18.7

Buriram’s current weather and 7-day forecast

BURIRAM WEATHER

While the town is a friendly place, it does still have a rural, agricultural vibe to it. Its tourist areas have also not been as developed. The province, on the other hand, holds a good number of Thailand’s must-see Khmer relics, such as Phanom Rung.

1. See the ruins of Phanom Rung Historical Park

Comparable to the grandeur of Angkor What, Phanom Rung is the largest and best-restored Khmer monument, in Thailand. Even more impressive is that it sits on top of a dormant volcano, about 200 meters (656.2 feet) above some rice paddies. The temples are dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva and are meant to symbolize his heavenly dwelling, Mount Kailash. It was built from 1113 to 1150 AD, during the reign of King Suriyavarman II. Four times a year, the sun shines on the 115 sanctuary doorways of Phanom Rung. When this happens, the park extends its hours to celebrate the Phanom Rung Festival, and the solar alignment.

The whole complex is built from sandstone and laterite. Apart from the Phanom Rung Festival, the Royal family of Thailand also use this building for ceremonies. There is a processional walkway, which is actually one of the most picturesque parts of the park. Every part of the park was actually built to symbolize certain connections, such as the connection between heaven and earth, through the stairways. Phanom Rung is now one of the places being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Get that Instagram-worthy shot at Prasat Muang Tam 

Located near Phanom Rung, Muang Tum Temple or Prasat Hin Muang Tum is another Khmer temple complex that is worth a visit, when in Thailand. Muang Tum is around 1,000 years old and is found at the base of the same dormant volcano that Phanom Rung is in. The temple was built during the 10th and 11th century, around the same time as Phanom Rung, and like its bigger neighbor, it is also dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. Inside the temple complex, you’ll find several Instagrammable small ponds, filled with water lilies. Naga snake statues are found at the corner of each pond. Near the temple is a lake called Baray, which is about 1,000 meters (3280.8 feet) long and 500 meters (1640.4 feet) wide. The location of the temple was chosen because it is close to the lake, which symbolizes the ocean that surrounds Mount Meru, representing the center of the universe in Hindu cosmology.

3. Commune with nature at Khao Kradong Forest Park 

If you’d like to enter the extinct volcano near the Khmer historical complexes, Phanom Rung and Muang Tam, you can enter through Khao Kradong Forest Park, formerly known as Khmer Phanom Kradong, which literally means “turtle shell”. You can explore the crater, which has a deep pool of water, almost all year round. Here, you’ll find interesting flora and fauna, such as the Devil Yoni Tree, which can only be found near volcanic areas.

If you climb to the top, you’ll be met with a large Buddha image called the Phra Suphattharabophit, the symbol of the whole of Buriram. You’ll also find a stupa here, that has a replica of the Buddha’s footprint.

4. Stroll around the ancient Nong Hung Sanctuary

If you haven’t yet had your fill of Khmer ruins, then head on to Nong Hung Sanctuary, which has three brick pagodas built on a laterite base. It has a laterite wall and moat, as well. The sanctuary is near Laem Nang Rong Dam and is about 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) south of Buriram town.

5. Have a fun day out at Wat Khao Angkhan

This wat is a combination of old and new. There are Dvaravati sandstone boundary markers that date back to the 8th or 9th century. However, the government has built modern additions that harken back to Khmer architecture. The new buildings were built in 1982 and contain murals by Burmese artists. The wat also has a Chinese-style pagoda, a 29 meter (95.1 foot) reclining Buddha, and a view of the mountains. You’ll have to be adventurous to reach this, though, as this is about 20 kilometers (12.4 feet) from Phanom Rung, and no public transport travels to this area. You’ll have to rely on local directions and a few strategic signposts.

6. Get great bargains at the two Buriram night bazaars

While Buriram isn’t particularly famous for its nightlife in the same way as Phuket and Pattaya, you’ll find that you can still make it a fun night at the province’s two night markets. The main night market is on Romburi Road, south of Jira, near the moat and consists of several restaurants, with vendors selling pre-made meals on the streets. The other night market is called Klong Thom and can be found west of Tanee Road. Here, you’ll see interesting things, such as dogs and cats sold as domestic pets.

Budget options

Hop Inn Buriram 

Add: 517/27 Jira Rd., Nai Muang, Muang, 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Located in Buriram, 6 km from Chang Arena, Hop Inn Buriram provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking.

At the hotel, rooms have a balcony. At Hop Inn Buriram each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Speaking Thai and English at the reception, staff are always on hand to help.

A Nice Resort 

Add: 91 M.9 Chumhed , A. Muang, Buriram, 31000 Buriram, Thailand

A Nice Resort is located 1 km from Buriram Hospital. It offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free toiletries. A 20-minute drive from Buriram Airport, the resort provides laundry service and free public parking.

Rooms are fitted a flat-screen cable TV and refrigerator. Shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom.

Local dining outlets can be found within walking distance from the property.

Mid-range options

The Sita Princess 

Add: 528/48 Jira rd.,T.Naimuang, A.Muang,Burirum, 31000 Buriram, Thailand 

Set in Buriram, 6 km from Chang Arena, The Sita Princess offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a shared lounge. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.

At the hotel, all rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.

A buffet breakfast is available every morning at The Sita Princess.

Ray Hotel Buriram 

Add: 515 Moo 8 Tambon Isaan Ampor Muang, 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Offering an outdoor pool and free bicycles, Ray Hotel Buriram offers free WiFi access.

Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a balcony. There is also a refrigerator and a seating area. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom comes with free toiletries.

At Ray Hotel Buriram you will find a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant and a free daily maid service. A fitness centre, massage services and laundry services are available for an additional cost. The property offers free parking.

Klim Hotel 

Add: 1/114-115 Nasathani Road T.Naimuang A.Muang, Buriram , 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Klim Hotel is a 2-minute drive from Buriram Railway Station. It offers non-smoking rooms with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is equipped with an outdoor pool and meeting facilities.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from a local market. It is a 40-minute drive from Buriram Airport. Phanom Rung Historical Park is a 1.5 hr drive away.

Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and refrigerator. Free toiletries and hot shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom.

For guests’ convenience, the hotel provides chargeable shuttle and laundry services. Free private parking is possible on site.

Thai and international dishes can be enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant everyday from 10:30 to 23:00 hrs.

Buritel Hotel 

Add: 512/1 Hanchana Road, Tambon Naimuang, Ampur Muang, Buriram (512/1 ถนนหาญชนะ ตำบลในเมือง อำเภอเมือง บุรีรัมย์), 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Set in Buriram, 5 km from Chang Arena, Buritel Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.
At the hotel, every room includes a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge.

Buritel Hotel offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Guests can relax in the spa and wellness centre, including a sauna, or in the garden.

Grand Hotel Buriram 

Add: 139 Nivas Road Muang Buriram, 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Grand Hotel Buriram is set in Buriram, within 6 km of Chang Arena and 7 km of Chang International Circuit. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The air-conditioned rooms provide a city view and come with a desk and free WiFi.

The units at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower.

Deluxe options

Venezia Resort 

Add: 20/1 (Soi Klang next to Buriram Hospital) Thanon Nah Satanee, Nai Muang, , Chum Het, Mueang Buri Ram District, Buri Ram, 31000 Buriram, Thailand 

Venezia Resort features free bikes, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and fitness centre in Buriram. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi. The accommodation provides room service, a kids' club and buying tickets for guests.

All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Venezia Resort every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a balcony with pool view.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

You can play billiards at Venezia Resort, and the area is popular for cycling.

[email protected] 

Add: 689 moo 1 Liangmuang Road, Isaan, Muang, 31000 Buriram, Thailand

Situated in Buriram, [email protected] offers 4-star accommodation with a garden. Featuring on-site dining, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk as well as free WiFi.

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Each bed comes in a form of a mattress laid on raised floor.

An Asian breakfast is served daily at the property.

The S.G Hotel 

Add: 555/1 Moo 8, Jira Road, Tambon Isarn, Ampur Muang, Buriram, 31000 Buriram, Thailand 

The S.G Hotel is set in the heart Buriram and offers an outdoor pool. Free WiFi access is available here.

The hotel is 6 km from the i-Mobile Stadium and Chang International Circuit. Buriram Rajabhat University is 1.5 km away.

Free private parking is available on site. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen cable TV. There is also a private bathroom equipped with a shower.

On your visit to Buriram, a province in Thailand’s Isaan region, we have collected five recommended Restaurants for you that will keep you eating throughout the day. From snacking at Pa Nok Meatballs and enjoying Laksana Stewed Pork Legs, to savouring spicy som tam at Tam Laek Restaurant and tasting the delicious grilled chicken at Kaiyang Sida Restaurant, then finally finishing at Night Soh Grao Market, there are a ton of popular dishes to discover. Come enjoy the province’s best dining with us – you will not be disappointed!

1. Pa Nok Luk Chin

Street Food stalls selling various types of meatballs, known as luk chin in Thai, are popular in nearly every corner of Thailand, including Buriram where one of the most popular street food stalls is Pa Nok Meatballs. 

At Pa Nok Meatballs, they have their own style of serving yummy meatballs. Instead of taking a bag of meatballs drizzled in sauce to go, most customers will stand in front of the stall and enjoy dipping their meatballs right into the pots containing savoury dipping sauces. This is the first food stall in the province to start this unique 40-year-old tradition. The prices here are also very cheap for the level of deliciousness. You can enjoy the meatballs for only 3, 5, or 10 Baht per stick. 

Recommended Dishes: Fried pork meatballs   Deep-fried, juicy pork meatballs with a signature tamarind dipping sauce and fresh vegetables

Address: Nivas Road, Tambon Nai Mueang, Mueang District, Buriram 31000

Opening time: Daily from 07.00 A.M. - 5.00 P.M.

2. Kha Mu Lakkhana

Laksana Stewed Pork Legs has been serving its famous pork leg dishes for more than 60 years. The stewed pork legs’ deliciousness is guaranteed by the Shell Shuan Shim award(awarded for Restaurant or company produces excellent tasting products) and the fact that the restaurant runs two popular branches in the same district (Nang Rong). Here you can enjoy not only stewed pork leg dishes but also tasty homemade baked goods. 

Recommended Dishes

•    Double-boiled pork legs with Chinese herbs
•    Tender and scented pork legs stewed with Chinese herbs for four hours
•    Stir-fried pork legs with black pepper
•    Juicy pork legs stir-fried with black pepper
•    Spicy crispy pork leg salad
•    Deep-fried pork legs, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, mixed with a spicy salad

Adress:

•    1st branch: 375 Chokchai-Dej Udom Road (next to Government Savings Bank), Nang Rong District, Buriram
•    2nd branch: 770/12 Chokchai-Dej Udom Road (next to PTT Gas Station), Nang Rong District, Buriram

Opening time: Daily from 08.00 AM - 8.00 PM 

3. Tam Laek Restaurant

An Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand) trip is not complete without trying som tam, or green papaya salad, one of Thailand’s most famous dishes. That’s why we are taking you to one of our recommended places: Tam Laek Restaurant. An obvious local favourite with three branches in Buriram province, Tam Laek has long been popular amongst both locals and tourists. You can enjoy its delicious northeastern dishes in Ban Kruat District, Prakhon Chai District, and Nang Rong District. 

Recommended Dishes:

•    Som Tam (Papaya Salad)   -  A rich variety of different kinds of som tam are available including Thai-style som tam, som tam with crab, som tam with pineapple, som tam with vermicelli and salted crab, and more. 
•    Fried Chicken with Salt     -   One dish is not enough of this signature deep-fried chicken – crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. 
•    Stir-fried noodles  -  Stir-fried noodles with dark soy sauce, a recommended dish to tone down the spiciness of som tam.

Adress:

•    Ban Kruat Branch Address   : 93/6 Moo 2 Tambon Prasat, Ban Kruat District, Buriram 31180
•    Nang Rong Branch Address  : 651/2 Chokchai-Dej Udom Road, Nang Rong District, Buriram 31110
•    Prakhon Chai Branch Address  : 493/2 Moo 3 Tambon Prakhon Chai, Prakhon ChaiDistrict, Buriram 31140     

Opening time: 

•    Daily from 09.00 AM - 5.00 PM (Ban Kruat Branch)
•    10.00 A.M. - 17.30 PM (Prakhon Chai Branch)
•    10.00 A.M. - 17.30 PM (Nang Rong Branch)    

4. Kaiyang Sida (Sida Grilled Chicken) Restaurant

Located in Buriram Town, Kaiyang Sida (Sida Grilled Chicken) Restaurant is well-known for its signature grilled chicken. You will love the fragrant, juicy chicken marinated in spices and grilled perfectly over charcoal. We also recommend the flavourful som tam here as well if you haven’t had your fill yet! On your visit to Buriram Town, don’t forget to try the tasty eastern Thai dishes at Kaiyang Sida.

Recommended Dishes:

•    Grilled chicken   -  Savoury, juicy chicken perfectly grilled over charcoal
•    Pad Thai  -  One of the restaurant’s signature and most popular dishes 
•    Som Tam (Papaya Salad)  -  There is a variety of som tam to choose from and each one is delicious!

Address  : 303/9 Sunthon Thep Road, Tambon Nai Mueang, Mueang District, Buriram 31000

Opening time  : Daily from 08.00 AM - 3.00 PM

5. Night Soh Grao Market

Night Soh Grao Market is a night market located near Chang Arena Stadium. The sprawling market opens from 05.00 PM until late. You can enjoy trying a wide variety of authentic local Food and soaking up the market’s lively ambience. There are also various other products and souvenirs to buy at affordable prices. Come enjoy your night at Soh Grao Night Market – we guarantee that you will never get bored!     

Address  :  Buriram-Prakhon Chai Road, Tambon Isaan, Mueang District, Buriram 31000

Opening time  : Daily from 10.00 AM -10.00 PM

Get in

By car

From Bangkok, take Hwy 1 (Phahon Yothin Rd) to Saraburi, then turn right onto Hwy 2 (Mittraphap Rd). Turn right onto Hwy 24 (Chok Chai-Det Udom Rd) passing Nong Ki, Nang Rong, then turn left onto Hwy 218 to Buriram. The total distance is about 410 km. Or, from Korat, take Hwy 226 passing Chakkarat Huai Thalaeng–Lam Plai Mat. The total distance is 384 km.

By bus

The Transport Company Ltd. provides daily ordinary and air conditioned buses from Bangkok to Buriram. The buses leave the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak or Mo Chit 2). For more information, call Tel. +66 2 9361880, +66 2 9360657, +66 2 9360667, +66 2 9362852. Buriram Bus Terminal Tel. +66 44 612534, +66 44 651081.

An alternative and more convenient way to travel to Buriram is by taking the air-con bus from Nakornchai Air bus company. Their terminal is just opposite Mo Chit 2 and the fare is 340 baht.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

By train

There are rapid, express, and ordinary trains from Bangkok–Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok–Surin, and Korat–Ubon Ratchathani, all of which run through Buriram. State Railway of Thailand has online timetables and ticket booking, its call centre can be reached on 1690, +66 2 2204334, +66 2 2204444.

By plane

Nok Air has flights to Buriram (BFV) from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport (DMK) on Wed, Fri, Sun, with returns on the same days. Thai Airways has no direct flights to Buriram. Visitors must fly to Khon Kaen and catch a bus to Buriram, about 200 km. 

Buriram Airport (BFV), Moo 12, Ron Thong (About 40 km north of town in Satuek), Tel +66 44 680078. 

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

Get around

The Buriram Songthaew System (BSS) provides public transportation for the city. There are two lines: Line 1 (Buriram Municipality Market-Khao Kradong Forest Park Line), and Line 2 (Ban Bua Line). Both lines are colored pink.
Ride-hailing app Grab is available with both cars and motorbikes.

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Laos
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Vivid nature, voluptuous landscapes and a vibrant culture collide with a painful past and optimistic future to make Laos an enigmatic experience for the adventurous.
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