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3Days 2Nights : Buri Ram - Surin

Planner :
Buri Ram 2 Day , Surin 1 Day
Period :
3 Days 2 Nights
Category :
Arts, cultural & heritage, Events & festivals, Nature, beaches & islands, New experiences,adventure & off-the-beaten-track,
  • Day 1
    Nov 13
  • Day 2
    Nov 14
  • Day 3
    Nov 15
Day 1 : Buri Ram

Phanom Rung Historical Park

Phanom Rung Historical Park or Prasat Hin Phanon Rung is a key location in Buriram, Thailand. It has many important archaeological sites, which are located at the top of an extinguished volcano 350 meters above seal level.   On this now dormant Volcano you will see incredible Khmer architecture, which is assumed to have been built in the 15th - 18th Buddhist century. Here you can marvel at the giant stairways of red stone and sandstone. The long story of Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is part of Thailand history. Don’t miss out on this place when you get to visit Thailand. 

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6 Hr. 27 Min. ( Approx. 370.34 Km.)

Centre of Southern Northeast Culture

Centre of Southern Northeast Culture is situated in front of Buri Ram Rajabhat University. It was formed for the purposes of collecting and exhibiting historical and archaeological evidences from Southern Northeast area which were originated from the academic seminar under the topic of “Southern Northeast History and Culture” in year 1982. Centre of Southern Northeast Culture consists of 2 buildings which are two-storey cultural hall with the Phanom Rung Stone Castle architectural kind of style mixed with modern technique and the auditorium building.  Southern Northeast area is around Mun river region, Korat Lake or known as Thung Kula Ronghai where Nakon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani provinces and some districts of Yasothon, Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Khonkaen and Chaiyaphum provinces are located. This area has the highest number of ancient community. Also, Khmer culture influence can be seen everywhere including important places such as the Phimai Historical Park, the Phanom Rung Historical Park, and Preah Vihear Sanctuary. In addition, kilns and potteries were also found in the area of Buri Ram province aging around 800 – 1,200 years between 15 – 19 B.E.     There have been several educational exhibitions offering at Centre of Southern Northeast Culture such as geographic exhibition showing the Southern Northeast Geography and Buri Ram province, Buri ram Ancient Community Exhibition, antiques in different periods, the History of Surin, the Elephants and Levy, tools used in hunting wild elephants, Mahouts’ ritual tools, Religions and Beliefs Exhibition, Buddha statues and bronze graven images, Textiles and Way of Life Exhibition, Southern Northeast Serge and Ikats, and Kilns and Potteries.    

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35 Min. ( Approx. 17.08 Km.)

The Monument of King Rama I

The Monument of King Rama I is located in the city on the way to Amphoe Prakhon Chai. The monument was built in 1996 to honour King Rama I who founded Buri Ram while he was serving as Somdet Phraya Maha Kasatsuek. The monument, made from bronze, is a half larger than life-size figure and features the king in a traditional warrior outfit riding on an elephant. According to Volume 7 of the Chronicles, it states that in 1778, King Taksin commanded Somdet Phraya Maha Kasatsuek to defeat Phraya Nang Rong who conspired with Chao O and Chao In of Champasak.  While they were moving the army, they found a deserted city with a strategic location on the basin of Huai Chorakhe Mak, but malaria kept the Khmer people away from the city. Those people only settled down around that area, so they gathered the people to set up Mueang Pae and appointed the son of Phutthaisaman as the ruler and promoted him to be Phraya Nakhon Phakdi. The city was later renamed ‘Buri Ram’.

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Day 2 : Buri Ram

Prasat Hin Mueang Tam (Mueang Tam Stone Santuary)

          Prasat Hin Mueang Tam situated in Tambon Chorakhe Mak, it is one of the Khmer sanctuaries with the most outstanding architecture in Buri Ram. There is no clear evidence when the sanctuary was built or who created it. The architecture features the Baphuon style of Khmer art which dates between 1007 – 1082 and mixed with the Kleang style which dates between 965 – 1012. Most of the bas-reliefs depict Hindu gods, so it is assumed that the sanctuary might have been built around the 10th – 12th centuries and used as a religious shrine in Hinduism.   
            The building comprises five brick prangs built on the same laterite base. All of them were built in two rows: three prangs in the front and two at the back. The principal tower in the middle of the front row is the biggest one. At present, only the base remains. Remains of the other 4 towers are not in good condition. Each prang has only one entrance at the eastern direction, with false doors at the other 3 directions. The principal tower also has a front portico. Excavation at the site found a lintel of the portico carved into a god holding a water lily sitting on Kala’s face and surrounded by male and female figures believed to depict the wedding of the God Siva and his consort Parvati, and pediment carved into God Indra riding on his Airavata or Erawan elephant. Meanwhile, the lintel of the prang itself was carved into a god kneeling above Kala’s face. They also found fragments of stucco relief decorating the base, indicating that this main prang was once beautifully decorated with stucco. The other four smaller prang towers still have two lintels attached above the entry doorways: one at the northern tower in the front row, and the other at the southern tower of the back row. The lintels were carved into God Siva holding Uma (Parvati) on his lap and sitting on his bull Nandin, and God Varuna riding the swan, respectively. The excavation also found the prang’s top made from sandstone and carved into a lotus shape, falling in pieces around the prang’s base. In front of the prang complex, there are two wihans or viharas which were made from brick and face the two side prangs in the front rows. All buildings are surrounded by two walls. The inner square wall is formed by a long, narrow sandstone gallery. The outer wall is made from laterite. There are entrance pavilions or Gopuras in four directions at the same positions of both walls. All of the Gopuras, except for the inner one in the western direction were made from sandstone, delicately carved into various designs such as pediments, lintels, pilasters, etc. They depict the story about the Hindu religion and foliage and floral designs. 
          Between the inner and outer walls is a large platform made from laterite. There are L – shaped moats or barays at the four corners. The moats were lined with laterite and made into steps down to the bottom. The top edge of the moats was made from sandstone, featuring a Naga body with its neck stretching at the baray’s corners. They are five-headed Nagas, all bald-headed without any ornaments. 
          Prasat Hin Mueang Tam or Mueang Tam Sanctuary is open daily from 6.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Admission fee is 100 Baht. A common ticket for visiting the Phanom Rung Sanctuary and the Mueang Tam Sanctuary is available at a special price of 150 Baht. For more information, contact the Phanom Rung Historical Park Office at Tel. 0 4466 6251-2, Fax: 0 4466 6252.
          To get there: From Buri Ram town, travel can be made on 2 routes:           - Take Highway No. 218 (Buri Ram-Nang Rong) and turn left to take Highway No. 24, the route to Surin, and drive on to reach the Tako T-junction. Then, turn right to take Highway No. 2177 and drive past Phanom Rung School on the right-hand side. See the intersection, and turn right to Rural Road Bo Ro 4013. Go ahead to reach Ban Yai Yaem Watthana and turn left at the junction to Rural Road Bo Ro 5053. Go straight ahead and see the Mueang Tam Sanctuary on the left-hand side by the road. The total distance from town is around 83 kilometres.           - Take Highway No. 2445 to reach Prakhon Chai town. See the junction and turn right to Rural Road Bo Ro 3054. Drive on to see the Mueang Tam Sanctuary on the right-hand side by the road. The total distance from town is around 63 kilometres.

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4 Hr. 1 Min. ( Approx. 66.25 Km.)

Prasat Wat Khok Ngio

This stone sanctuary, sitting 75 kilometers away from Buriram on Highways Number 218 and 348, was once served as a local health office back in Khmer empire. It was constructed in the 18th Buddhist century in response to King Jayavoraman VII’s command. Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Ban-Khok-Ngio-Sanctuary-Prasat-Ban-Khok-Ngio--3173

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4 Hr. 26 Min. ( Approx. 95.35 Km.)

Nong Hong Sanctuary

Dated to the 16th Buddhist century, Nong Hong sanctury is another Khmer site near Laem Nang Rong dam or about 100 kilometres south of Buriram town. The sanctuary comprises of three brick pagodas built on the same laterite base and surrounded by a laterite wall and a moat. Opening hours: Daily 8am-5pm   http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Nong-Hong-Sanctuary-Prasat-Nong-Hong--3179

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2 Hr. 6 Min. ( Approx. 66.07 Km.)

Wat Khao Angkarn

Located 20 kilometers away from Phanom Rung, the temple is right on an extinct volcano. Wat Khao Angkhan represents an interesting mixture of architecture from various periods. Inside the main building, there are wall murals and stories of Buddhism in English. Many Dvaravati’s sandstone temple boundary markers have also been discovered here.Getting there: a 5-kilometre drive from Ban Ta Pek (between Ban Tako and Phanom Rung) to Lahan Sai then carry on to a branch road for another 10 kilometres to the temple.Opening hours: Daily 8am-5pm http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Khao-Angkhan-Temple-Wat-Khao-Angkhan--3180

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Day 3 : Surin

Surin Elephant Village

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have a pet elephant? Come visit this world’s biggest elephant village to try it yourself! At Surin Elephant Village in Thailand, you will get a close experience of local living, native traditions and cultures, and amazing relationships between the villagers and the elephants they have raised as family members. The villagers of Ban Ta Klang are from the Suay or Kuy tribe, who are experts in wild elephant round-up, elephant training, and elephant raising. Formerly, Ban Ta Klang villagers usually went rounding up wild elephants near the Thai-Cambodia border, but with the current political tension between the two countries, elephant round-up is no longer possible. Yet, Ban Ta Klang villagers these days still raise and train elephants for Thailand’s elephant show in Surin every year. Elephants in Ban Ta Klang are usually raised as household pets, so visitors will get a chance to see how and where these elephants live with the villagers and talk with mahouts who have long experience in elephant round-up. Only three kilometers from the village is where the Chi and Moon Rivers meet, which is another great spot for relaxing and nature tours. The Elephant Study Center or Surin Elephant Village in Ban Ta Klang is the hub of more than 200 elephants from Ban Krapho, Ban Ta Klang, and other villages in Surin Province.    Nearby attractions - Wang Ta Lu, where the Chi and Moon Rivers meet. - Prasat Nang Bua Toom in Wat Pathum Sila Wari Prasat. - Wat Phra Phuttha Bat Khao Phanom Din, where Buddhist relics are enshrined. - Longtail Boat Racing Festival in the Moon River in October of every year. - Ban Kut Mano Weir Dike Dam   How to get there Go along the Surin – Roi Et Road (Highway 214) for 35 kilometers, turn left, and go further for 22 kilometers to Ban Ta Klang Village.

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Ta Muen Thom Castle

Ta Muen Thom Castle is located in the Ta Muen mountain pass, Panom Dongrak mountain range in the area of Baan Nong Kanna Samakkee, Moo 8, Tambol Ta Miang, Amphur Panom Dongrak, Surin province. It is the biggest castle in the Ta Muen Thom Group Castle Historical Park which consists of 3 stone castles which are Ta Muen Thom Castle, Ta Muen Tod Castle and Ta Muen Castle.Ta Muen Thom Castle is the biggest of the three (Thom in Khmer language means big).  The castle was built on a sacred rock in form of Shiva Lingum and it is also a sacred place for performing rituals.Ta Muen Thom Castle is facing the south which is different from other castles facing toward the east. The reason it faces south is because it is intended to welcome the travellers from the Khmer side.Ta Muen Thom Castle is the main castle with two sandstone stupas on the north east and northwest side. There are 2 towers and 2 ponds nearby.This castle is the nearest to the Khmer border. Therefore, during the visit, the tourists should stay inside the castle area only since the area apart from this is not safe.Ta Muen Tod Castle is around 750 meters away from Ta Muen Thom castle. It was built with laterite with walls around and a small pond on the north. This castle was believed to be the hospital of the community and also the transportation route which were assumed to be built during the 7th Chai Woraman King’s era.Ta Muen Castle is around 390 meters from Ta Muen Tod Castle. It is the smallest of the group. It was built with laterite in a long square shape. It is believed to be the resting point for travellers in the ancient time.Ta Muen Group Castle is the most complete castle to fulfil the need of the passer-by in this area. There was no evidence to prove of any other resting point for the travellers. Having the group castle is a fact to show that this area used to be an important route that is important to the community in this area. 

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30 Min. ( Approx. 34.96 Km.)

Sikornpoom Castle

This set of Khmer ruins comprises five pagodas built on the same base. Each is about 30 meters tall. Designs adorn the door columns and lintels. The site was built around the late 11th century. Si Khoraphum Khmer Ruins is situated in Tambon Ra-ngaeng, at Km. 34-35 off Highway No. 226.

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Baan Chan Rom Weaving Village

Baan Chan Rom Weaving Village is located at Tambol Kaewasi Narin. It is widely known as the center of local cloth weaving and also the silver accessories producer. Nowadays, both of the handicrafts are known as the popular handicraft of this province. Travel here by taking the highway 214 (Surin-Chompra) until the 14th – 15th kilometre milestone then take the right junction for around 4 kilometers.Next to the Kaewasi Narin village, there are 2 villages named Baan Choke and Baan Sador which are also know for the weaving and silver accessories product. Moreover, Chan Rom Villages is located on the east of Amphur Muang along the Surin- Sangka Road on the highway 2077. In this village, they grow their own mulberry and silk worm for silk weaving. The patterns are mostly local and use ancient colors. Surin province is a province known for silk weaving since a long time ago. The process of weaving usually uses the Mai Noi silk to weave. The cloths are weaven into different clothing such as sarongs and also in different patterns such as Mad Mee Hole or Jong Hole (Khmer Language).Hole Cloth is a Mud silk of the Thai-Khmer tribe in Surin. Mud Hole silk is a unique pattern of Mud silk. Hole comes from Khmer language. It is used to call a kind of process in producing silk by using batik techniques in order to get the colors and patterns. Then the cloth will be taken to weave which is Mud Mee in Laos language and IKAT in Malayu language. The western usually perceived the Mud Mee as IKAT. Hole cloth has 5 colors which are black, red, yellow, blue and green. These colors are natural colors. This cloth has 2 sides with one light color and one dark color.Hole Proh (Hole pattern for men) is a Mud silk of Thai-Khmer in the south northeastern area. It is used to weave sarong for men. In the ancient language, it is called “Poom Khmer” cloth. The royal court uses this cloth to weave different sarongs for the courtiers according to their positions. It is a wide cloth similar to the patola cloth of the Indian. Sometimes it is called Sompak or Song Pak meaning sarong in Khmer which are granted according to the position in the royal court. 

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