Buriram Province is dotted with ancient Angkor temples and Khmer monuments. In addition to touring historic sites, you can visit wildlife-rich sanctuaries, visit traditional villages and explore the bustling Buriram Town, where you'll find lively markets and tasty street food.
Things to do
Prasat Phanom Rung, the province's signature temple complex, is set in the lush Buriram countryside. It cascades down the face of an extinct volcano and is considered one of Thailand's most beautiful Angkor monuments. From the top, you can enjoy sweeping views of emerald rice paddies and Cambodia’s rugged Dangrek Mountains.
Set in the tiny village of Khok Muang, Prasat Muang Tam is a beautifully restored Khmer temple dating back to the late-10th century. It's dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is surprisingly under the radar, so if you visit on a weekday you could have the serene complex all to yourself.
Birders flock to the Huai Talat Reservoir, a wildlife-rich sanctuary home to over 100 species of bird. Pack your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for rare birds like the knob-billed duck and painted stork, as well as water buffalo grazing in the wetlands.
Buriram Province is famous for its sumptuous cuisine, with the best street-food stalls clustered along Walking Street in Buriram Town. Don't leave without trying "kah moo nang rong", a tasty stewed pork leg dish served with fresh pineapple and tangy sauce. You can also shop for handicrafts, artwork and silk clothing.
Buriram Province is well-serviced by long-distance buses and minivans that will get you to towns and cities across Thailand. To visit the ruins, you'll need to take a taxi or rent a motorbike or scooter. Buriram Town is easy to get around on foot or by using local tuk-tuks.