Rich Khmer heritage

Known for its historic Khmer legacy and a top-notch football club, Buriram province lies at the crossroads between Thailand’s Northeast and Southeast regions. The provincial capital isn’t the most thrilling place in the kingdom, but travellers headed to the exceptional Phanom Rung and related Khmer ruins might pass through.

More on Buriram

Browse hotels in Buriram on Agoda

Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.

Along with nearby Surin and Si Saket provinces, Buriram is part of the lower Isaan region that abuts the Cambodia border and is home to a substantial number of Khmer-Thais who speak a Northern Khmer dialect. Throw in the usual Lao/Isaan-Thais and Chinese-Thais, and anyone studying the standard Central Thai language will be thrown off by listening to the locals in Buriram.

Buriram United is everywhere. : David Luekens.
Buriram United is everywhere. Photo: David Luekens

As with the nearby cities of Nakhon Ratchasima and Surin, Khmers settled in what’s now Buriram town during the Angkor period and the old city moat has survived, but no ancient walls or temples remain in the town itself. During the 19th century, Buriram was geographically and administratively closer to the Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima than the Lao outpost of Ubon Ratchathani. Since then it has grown into a provincial capital with 30,000 residents who are generally laid-back — at least until the local football squad takes ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

Log in to Travelfish

Please sign in to read the rest of this page. The full text is around 700 words.

Log in now
Become a Travelfish member

Choose from a free two-day pass right through to a lifetime membership.

Find out more

21 other destinations in Northeast Thailand

Learn more about That Phanom
That Phanom

One of our favourites

Learn more about Sangkhom

A sleepy river town

Learn more about Phanom Rung
Phanom Rung

Marvelous Khmer ruins

Learn more about Nong Khai
Nong Khai

Welcome to Thailand, hello to Laos

Learn more about Loei

Pack a sweater

Learn more about Phimai

Small town, big ruins

Learn more about Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park

Welcome to "Big Mountain"

Learn more about Dan Sai
Dan Sai

Home to the Phi Ta Khon Festival

Learn more about Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Ratchathani

Quintessentially Isaan

Learn more about Khong Chiam
Khong Chiam

Where the Mekong meets the Moon

Learn more about Chiang Khan
Chiang Khan

Popular with Thai travellers

Learn more about Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Ratchasima

Gateway to Isaan

Learn more about Mukdahan

A growing city by the Mekong

Learn more about Sakhon Nakhon
Sakhon Nakhon

Important temples and a lake

Learn more about Khon Kaen
Khon Kaen

The heart of Isaan

Learn more about Surin

Home to elephant olympians

Learn more about Si Saket
Si Saket

Quirky temples, fiery food

Learn more about Yasothon

Watch out for rockets

Learn more about Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Phanom

Tremendous Mekong scenery

Learn more about Udon Thani
Udon Thani

Ancient pottery and abundant markets

Learn more about Chaiyaphum

Silk and Siamese tulips