Over the last four days, I have been visiting some of the major tourist attractions in Buriram and Surin provinces. These locations are in Northeastern Thailand. I was invited to join the winners of the Thailand Bloggers 2017 competition. We flew Air Asia from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Buriram. Our return flight was with Nok Air. Both of these airlines have daily flights to this city. I haven’t been to Buriram for about fifteen years and so I was pleasantly surprised how much it has changed for the better. During the last trip there wasn’t much choice in hotels. Now they even have boutique hotels. Buriram also has sporting facilities of an international standard such as the football stadium and the racing track. There is no looking back for them now. The following are the photos that I tweeeted live during the trip.
DAY ONE: The first day included a visit to the oldest tourist attractions in Buriram. The ancient Khmer ruins at Prasat Muang Ta and Prasat Hin Phanom Rung have been the well deserved highlights of any visit to Buriram for many years. This was the reason why I came to Buriram on my first visit twenty three years ago. The ruins haven’t changed that much, but the province has.
Good morning from Don Mueang airport. I'm off on a 4 day trip to Buriram in Northeastern Thailand. Highlight will be Prasat Hin Phanom Rung pic.twitter.com/XA8DqXncpq
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung and Prasat Muang Tam in Buriram cost 100B each to enter. You can get a combined ticket for 150B. Thais are 20B/30B pic.twitter.com/CRBfKHPjro
DAY TWO: On the second day, we visited something very different. These days, Buriram has a “fifth castle”, known locally as the “Thunder Castle”. The football stadium for Buriram United. Behind the stadium there is an international standard racing track. It’s these sporting attractions that has helped the province to reach a new group of tourists, both locally and internationally. Buriram is definitely on the map now.
Lunch at Klim Kitchen in Buriram, Northeastern Thailand #ThaiFood
Statue of Rama I on elephant back in the middle of a major roundabout in Buriram
Buriram Silachai Go Kart – Open 10am-7pm. Price from 200B for 4 minutes up to 500B for 10 minutes
The Buriram Stadium is a 32,600 seat football stadium in Buriram, #Thailand. Home of Buriram United FC.
Buriram United International Circuit is a motorsport race track in Buriram. Opened in 2014.
DAY THREE: On the third day, after an early morning flight over the stadium and racing track, we drove to neighbouring province of Surin. This province is most famous for their elephants. But also for silk weaving. In Ban Ta Sawang village we visited a place that makes the finest silk in all of Thailand. Customers include members of the royal family.
Good morning from Buriram in Northeastern Thailand. Current temperature is 26°C. Chance of scattered thundershowers. pic.twitter.com/R6x0wERhIE
Buriram has changed so much since I last came here 15 years ago. Now it has international standard stadium & race track + boutique hotels pic.twitter.com/Nu53W9eiRc
Chansoma House in Ban Ta Sawang village, Surin, is famous for producing some of the finest silk in #Thailand
Four people are needed to operate each loom which is 2 floors high. One meter of this silk cloth costs 50,000 Baht & takes a month to finish pic.twitter.com/a3rIWnrfzb
At Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center, in Surin, you can see the entire process of making silk
DAY FOUR: On our fourth and last day, we visited another tourist attraction in Buriram that has only been around for about four years. This is Play La Ploen, a kind of floral park. It also has an adventure playground, boutique hotel and restaurants.
Good morning from Buriram. Looks like the weather might improve for our last day in Northeastern Thailand pic.twitter.com/r9AxNiA48F
The Flora Park at Play La Ploen (เพ ลา เพลิน) in Buriram. Adults 150B & Kids 80B.
Heading home after my four day trip to Northeastern Thailand. I hope my photos have inspired you to visit Buriram and Surin provinces pic.twitter.com/plNRfL2NAi