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Off The Beaten Track In Thailand - Buriram Province

April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

Buriram province is located in Esarn, the large region in Thailand's North East sector. The capital of Buriram province is Buriram City. Translated, Buriram means "City of Pleasantness". Its rich fields, lakes, rivers and culture is a testament to its name. Traditionally, Esarn has sustained itself via rice farming and it is very evident in modern Esarn living. This includes the province of Buriram. Buriram is laid back country, where its locals enjoy life at a slow pace.

There are many things to see in Buriram. The two most popular destinations are Phanom Rung near the city of Nang Rong and Khao Kradong within Buriram City limits.

Phanom Rung is an ancient Hindu structure built under the Khmer Empire between the 10th and 13th centuries. Buriram, at one time was included in the Khmer Empire. Phanom Rung is but one of a number of Khmer architectural sites within Buriram, but it is definitely its most revered. It is speculated as being a prototype for Cambodia's Angkor Wat which lies nearby. Phanom Rung has a number of celebrations, some of which celebrate the sun rising and setting and illuminating its structure. This occurs but a few times a year and the intent of its original architects was to create this beautiful and magical occurrence.

Khao Kradong is an extinct volcano which is one of many extinct volcanoes in lower Esarn. That being said, Khao Kradong is home to a Golden Buddha that placidly overlooks the city of Buriram from its peak. Many people regularly visit the Golden Buddha to lay alms and pray for good luck. At the foot of Khao Kradong is an active Buddhist temple and an area called the Kradong Reservoir. The Kradong Reservoir is a quiet quaint, tucked away body of water. It has many areas to sit. You can picnic there.

A lot of Buiram's gems aren't written about on the web, or are, but neither in English nor indepth. If you can make friends with a local, I suggest you ask them for a tour. The people of Buriram are proud of their heritage and many will be happy that you asked. Please note, should you decide to ask for a tour, I highly recommend you offer to pay for all of the costs of the tour. This means food, gas, and other costs (i.e. admission fees to Phanom Rung). It will be viewed as a sign of respect.

S. Allessandre has been living in Buriram City for three years and is a contributor to

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