Prasat Muang Tam and Prasat Hin Phanom Rung in the Northeast of Thailand offer hugely significant historical and archaeological evidence of the ancient Khmer civilization. Their advanced construction methods, technology and arts have combined to create a distinct cultural heritage in the area inhabited by the Siamese – the present-day Buriram province.
Laos and Cambodia influences have gradually extended across the border into the nearby Buriram area over hundreds of years. As a result, the sizeable Ban Khok Mueang community has been transformed into a melting pot of Thai-Lao-Cambodia culture. A wide range of arts and culture, as well as indigenous knowledge passed along through generations, are all aspect that the new generation can appreciate today.
Whether you’re a history-buff or not, the real highlight here is visiting the spectacular archaeological sites; they offer a chance to see the region’s diverse arts and learn about innovations of the Khmer Empire. Spend a night at a homestay, and don’t forget to set your alarm clock early, ready to explore the community on rented bike in the morning. Along the way, stop off and learn about cotton weaving using local volcano mud as part of a unique dyeing technique. Put your skills to the ultimate test by weaving fern designs with silk, an ancient art form, under the patient instruction from local masters. Die-hard sports fans will be having a blast visiting the nearby Chang International Circuit, and the Chang Arena stadium – an impressive landmark home to Buriram’s pride and joy, the Thunder Castle football team.