of sandstone sanctuaries, the land of volcanoes, beautiful silk,
and rich culture.
Ram, which literally means “city of happiness” or “peaceful city”,
is situated in the lower part of the Northeastern region, about
410 km from Bangkok. Buri Ram Province is the location a number
of archaeological discoveries of pre-historic human habitation and
ancient ruins from the Dvaravati period (6th-11th centuries C.E.)
The most important historical evidence found includes more than
60 sandstone sanctuaries scattered around the area. There are also
discoveries of important Khmer pottery kiln sites that date back
to the 10th – 13th centuries and Buri Ram contains abundant sandstone
sanctuaries built by the Khmer Kingdom at Angkor, including Phanom
Rung, easily Thailand's most stunning Khmer monument.
the fall of Angkor, habitation and development of Buri Ram resumed
in the late Ayutthaya period as a protectorate of Nakhon Ratchasima.
The city was also inhabited during the Thon Buri and early Ratanakosin
periods. Finally, in 1933, there was restructuring of the regional
administrative system, which turned Buri Ram into a province as
it remains to this day.
and province of Buri Ram are excellent places to experience authentic,
rural Thai life and are ideal for immersing yourself in no-frills
Thai country culture or an authentic Isan city atmosphere. However,
while the town itself has limited attractions and activities for
visitors, the provincial countryside is filled with ancient ruins,
many of which are no more than rubble, but include the Khmer sanctuary
of Phanom Rung, one of the best preserved Angkorian temples in Southeast
Asia and a premier destination for witnessing sunrises and sunsets
when the sun is aligned with the doorways of the temple.
• The most ideal place to stay if you are planning
an early morning trip to Phanom Rung
is the town of Nang Rong
TO BURI RAM
in Buri Ram, Thailand
Buri Ram can be reached
via private car, bus, or train. Once there, it may be easier to
get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local
transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi,
and tuk tuk.
to and from Buri Ram
There are rapid, express, and ordinary trains from Bangkok’s Hua
Lumphong Station to Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, and Nakhon Ratchasima,
many of which stop in Buri Ram.
details, call Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444 or www.railway.co.th.
1. From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi,
then turn right onto Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road). Turn right
onto Highway No. 24 (Chok Chai - Det Udom Road) passing through
Amphoe Nong Ki and Amphoe Nang Rong before turning left onto Highway
No. 218 to Buri Ram. The total distance is about 410 km.
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), take Highway No. 226 past Amphoe Chakkarat,
Huai Thalaeng, and Lam Plai Mat. The total distance is 384 km.
The Transport Company Limited provides daily ordinary and air-conditioned
busses from Bangkok to Buri Ram. The busses leave from Bangkok’s
Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2). For more information, call Tel.
0 2936 1880, 0 2936 0657, 0 2936 0667, and 0 2936 2852; Buri Ram
Bus Terminal: Tel. 0 4461 2534; or www.transport.co.th.
Traveling in Buri Ram city can be done by hiring a pedal rickshaw
(samlor) or a tuk tuk. Ask for the rate prior to using the service.
For traveling to other districts, there are public busses.
Buri Ram has various activities for visitors to participate, though
the most popular are visiting the natural and cultural attractions
around the province, including Phanom Rung temple.
Buri Ram features many natural and cultural attractions, including
the ruins of around 100 historical sandstone temples. The following
are some of the most popular attractions in Buri Ram:
Culture & Heritage
Northeastern Cultural Centre
This cultural centre is in Buriram Rajabhat Institute. It has
collections and displays of artifacts and is a local archaeological,
historical and arts study centre. Exhibitions of the centre include:
- Geography, history and ancient community. - Elephants and the
culture of the Suai people, including tools used in capturing
elephants, items in elephant rituals and photos of elephant corralling
in the old days. - Local woven clothes. - Wall mural about the
Twelve Month Ceremony of people in Northeast. - Pottery and Chinese
ceramics found in Buriram. The centre is open from Monday to Friday
from 09.00-16.00. It is closed on weekends and holidays. For more
information, please contact tel. 0 4461 1221 ext. 159.
Rung Historical Park
This is a grand and majestic Khmer site over a thousand years
old. Built on an extinct volcano, it is originally a Hindu religious
site and later became a Buddhist one. During the 15th-18th Buddhist
century, several additions were made.
first thing visitors see when they arrive at the site is the grand
stairway from the foot of the hill up to the top. Most of the
buildings of the sanctuary are made of laterite and sandstone,
all with elaborate designs. The buildings are lined all the way
to the main pagoda. This layout is according to Hindu belief of
the layout of the heaven of the god Shiva.The main pagoda is a
large one with a square base and facing east. The designs on the
pagoda, columns, doorway, and lintels are exquisite, most telling
a story of gods in Hinduism. From these designs and the architecture,
it is surmised that the pagoda, the stairway and the Naga bridge
were built during the 17th Buddhist century. Each building has
descriptive designs telling people the purpose for its construction,
its usefulness and the beliefs of ancient people.
Rung is open daily from 06.00-18.00 hrs.
fee is 100 Baht. Alternatively, a 30-day package for visiting
Phanom Rung Historical Park and Mueang Tam Stone Sanctury (Prasat
Mueang Tam) at 150 baht
to Phanom Rung by car is easy. The sanctuary is 64 kilometres
to the south of Buriram town. There are 2 ways to get there. Visitors
can proceed from Nang Rong to Prakhon Chai (Highway No. 24) and
upon reaching Ban Tako, there is a 12-kilometer road to Phanom
Rung. Alternatively, if visitors proceed from Prakhon Chai, there
is a road from there to the sanctuary with a distance of 21 kilometres.
This route passes a branch road into Muang Tam sanctuary. Visitors
can rent air-conditioned vans in town. Visitors traveling by bus
from Nakhon Ratchasima can take the Nakhon Ratchasima - Surin
bus and get off at Ban Tako (124 kilometres from Nakhon Ratchasima).
From Ban Tako, a motorcycle service is available to take visitors
to the site (fare according to agreement). There is an accommodation
near the site... Link
more information, please contact Tel : 044 - 782 715
This khmer sanctuary at Ban Don Wai can be reached by using the
Buriram-Phayakkhaphum Phisai road (Highway No. 219) for 70 kilometres,
then left onto Highway No. 202 to Prathai for about 40 kilometres
where there is a left-hand road to Ku Suan Taeng. This is another
Khmer site with 3 brick pagodas on a single laterite base. The
famous Narai Banthom Sin lintel was discovered here and is now
kept in the National Museum in Bangkok. The lintel proves this
site dates from the 17th Buddhist century.
Hong Sanctuary (Prasat Nong Hong)
Prasat Nong Hong is another Khmer sanctuary about 100 kilometres
south of Buriram town near Laem Nang Rong dam. The sanctuary comprises
3 brick pagodas built on the same laterite base and surrounded
by a laterite wall and a moat. It dated from the 16th Buddhist
Tam Stone Sanctuary (Prasat Mueang Tam)
This stone sanctuary can be reached by taking the road to Prakhon
Chai for 8 kilometres and another 5 kilometres on a road on the
right-hand side. This Khmer site has a square layout. Its main
structures are 5 brick pagodas built on the same foundation and
enclosed by two walls. The 4 doorways are perpendicular to each
other and built of sandstone with beautiful designs. The inner
wall is made of sandstone and is one long, narrow continuous corridor,
called Rabiang Khot. The outer wall is made of laterite. Lintels
adorn doorways and the main pagoda, recounting Hindu tales. Another
highlight of the site is the 4 large pools between the walls.
The edges of the pools have serpent designs with the head at the
pool corner. The beauty of this Khmer site is second only to that
of Phanom Rung... Link
Ban Kruat is 66 kilometres south of Buriram. Historical sites
in this district are as follows: This is 6 kilometres from Ban
Kruat into the way to Lahan Sai. The hill is littered with rocks
large and small, some with traces of rock cutting. It is believed
stones taken from here were used to construct a large number of
sanctuaries in the lower Northeast.
Ram Cultural Centre
The Centre is located in the Rajabhat Buri Ram University, Amphoe
Mueang. Collections of antiques, local textiles, mural paintings
and various exhibitions are on display. Open daily (except national
holidays), Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Weekends
from 8.30 a.m.-4.00p.m. Tel. 0 4461 1221} 0 4460 1616 ext.159
Angkhan Temple (Wat Khao Angkhan)
Wat Khao Angkhan is on an extinct volcano 20 kilometres from Phanom
Rung. If travelling from Ban Ta Pek (between Ban Tako and Phanom
Rung), use the road to Lahan Sai for 5 kilometres and onto a branch
road to the temple for 10 kilometres. Wat Khao Angkhan represents
an interesting mixture of architecture from various periods. Inside
the main building are wall murals and stories of Buddhism told
in English. Furthermore, many Dvaravati sandstone temple boundary
markers have been discovered here.
Kradong Forest Park
This forest park is 6 kilometres from the city on the Buriram-Prakhon
Chai road (Highway No. 219). Khao Kradong is an extinct volcano
that is 265 meters high. The summit of the mountain has a pool
which is believed to be the mouth of the volcano. Around the area
are several plant species worth studying and Phra Suphattharabophit,
an important Buddha image of the province.
Khok Ngio Sanctuary (Prasat Ban Khok Ngio)
This stone sanctuary is 3 kilometres before Pakham, or 75 kilometres
from Buriram on No. 218 and 348. This ancient Khmer site is in
Wat Khok Ngio and it acted as a sort of local health office in
ancient times. King Jayavoraman VII ordered its construction in
the 18th Buddhist century.
These ancient kilns constitute one of the most important pottery-making
centers of the ancient Khmer Empire. The kilns date from the 14th-19th
Buddhist century. The pottery made here was supplied to cities
in the empire. The Fine Arts Department has renovated 2 kilns
called Tao Sawai and Tao Nai Chian, 5 and 10 kilometres from Ban
Kruat, respectively. The kilns are ideal for those interested
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Park (Suan Nok)
This is a wildlife reserve at Huai Talat reservoir. To get there,
take the Buriram-Prakhon Chai road for 12 kilometres and take
a left-handed road for 2 kilometres. The park is the home of many
waterfowls that include both local species and those that migrate
from colder countries. They are prevalent during November to April
which is Thailand's dry season.