Photo: Sleepy wat in Buriram.

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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.


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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. Photo taken in or around Buriram, Thailand by 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 the field.

Reflecting the province’s mixed heritage, a leafy patch of Buriram’s old town features a large Chinese shrine situated across the street from the Thai-style Wat Klang and next to the large City Pillar shrine, which was built to mimic a Khmer-style prang. While most of Buriram town consists of dull concrete shophouses, the City Pillar area stretches beyond the moat and makes for a mildly pleasant stroll past clusters of old ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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