Buriram - Prasat Phanomrung

Buriram Attractions

Buriram is originally called ‘Nakhon Roi Prang’ (Hundred Prang City), the province boasts of having the most Khmer stone sanctuaries, most of which are concentrated in the southern part, with magnificent Phanom Rung Stone Sanctuary being a popular tourist attraction and the most beautiful example of Khmer architecture in Thailand. And no wonder, since this province bordering present day Cambodia was once a prosperous Khmer city. The modern name of Buri Ram means “city of peace”. It is one of the largest and most populated provinces in Isan (the northeastern region).

Buri Ram is 410 kilometres from Bangkok. It has an area of 10,321 square kilometres. The province is divided into the following districts: Muang Buri Ram, Nang Rong, Lam Plai Mat, Prakhon Chai, Phutthaisong, Satuek, Krasang, Ban Kruat, Khu Mueang, Lahan Sai, Nong Ki, Pakham, Na Pho, Nong Hong, Phlapphla Chai, Huai Rat, Non Suwan, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Chamni, Non Din Daeng, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Ban Mai Chaiyaphot, Ban Dan, and Khaen Dong.

Khao Kradong Forest Park

Khao Kradong Forest Park is 6 kilometres from the city on the Buri Ram-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 that is believed to be the mouth of the volcano. Around the area are several plant species worth studying. Also at the summit is Phra Suphattharabophit, an important Buddha image of the province. 

Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre

Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre is in Buri Ram Rajabhat Institute. It has collections and displays of artefacts 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 Isan people.
  • Pottery and Chinese ceramics found in Buri Ram.

The centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 09.00-16.00 hrs. It is closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please contact tel. 0-4461-1221 ext. 159.


Ban Kruat

Ban Kruat

Ban Kruat is 66 kilometres south of Buri Ram. Historical sites in this district are as follows:

 Stone Quarry Site

Quarry at Ban Kruat is 6 kilometres into the way to Lahan Sai. The hill is littered with large and small rocks, 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.

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  Stone Quarry Site  

 Nai Chian kilns

Ancient kilns here constitute one of the most important pottery-making centers of the ancient Khmer Empire. The kilns date from the 9th-14th century. The pottery made here was supplied to cities in the empire. The Fine Arts Department 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 in archaeology studies. 


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Ban Mai Chaiyaphot

Ku Suan Taeng

Ku Suan Taeng in Ban Don Wai can be reached by using the Buri Ram-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 12th century.


Chaloem Pha Kiat

 Phanom Rung Historical Park

Phanom Rung Historical Park is a grand and majestic Khmer site over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct volcano, it was originally a Hindu religious site but was later transformed into a Buddhist one. During the 10th-13th century, several additions were made.

The 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 were 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 was surmised that the pagoda, the stairway and the Naga bridge were built during the 12th century. Each building has descriptive designs telling people the purpose for its construction, its usefulness and the beliefs of ancient people.

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Phanom Rung is open daily from 06.00-18.00 hrs.

Getting to Phanom Rung by car is easy. The sanctuary is 64 kilometres to the south of Buri Ram 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 1 accommodation near the site.

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.


Huai Rat

Suan Nok (bird park)

Suan Nok (bird park) is at Huay Talat Reservoir, a wildlife reserve. To get there, take the Buri Ram-Prakhon Chai Road for 12 kilometres and take a left-hand 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.


Non Din Daeng

Nong Hong sanctuary

Nong Hong Sanctuary is another Khmer sanctuary about 100 kilometres south of Buri Ram town near Lam Nang Rong Dam. The sanctuary comprises of 3 brick pagodas built on the same laterite base and surrounded by a laterite wall and a moat. It dates from the 11th century.



Ban Khok Ngiu sanctuary

Ban Khok Ngiu Sanctuary is 3 kilometres before Pakham, or 75 kilometres from Buri Ram on Highway No. 218 and Highway No. 348. This ancient Khmer site is in Wat Khok Ngiu and it acted as a sort of local health office in ancient times. King Jayavoraman VII ordered its construction in the 13th century.


Prakhon Chai

 Muang Tam stone sanctuary

Muang Tam 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 was made of sandstone and consists of one long, narrow continuous corridor, called Rabiang Khot. The outer wall was made of laterite. Lintels adorn the 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

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