It Wasn’t Always Like This
If you’re in the mood for some sporting excitement then Buriram province is the place to head to.
It was once considered a bit of a country backwater, with only some stunning Khymer ruins attracting outside attention.
However, times have changed and Sporting Buriram has come of age and is now a household name, mainly because of their soccer champions Buriram United, and a world class motor racing circuit.
United We Win
Buriram United has been at the top level of Thai football for most of their existence and is in League 1, consistently wowing their hordes of dedicated supporters with dazzling wins game after game.
The club started life in 1970 as the Provincial Electricity Authority Football Club, before eventually being taken over by a wealthy businessman in 2009, and was renamed Buriram United in 2012.
Chang Arena, capacity 32,600, is their home stadium.
Brazilian coach Alexandre Gama guided Buriram United to win all four top Thai competitions in 2016 : Kor Royal Cup, Thai League T1, Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup.
They also compete very effectively in the Asian leagues, much to the delight of their faithful fans.
The club is regarded as the strongest in Thai League history.
Their website is here but is Thai language only
Racing on Beer
video courtesy MotoGP
In 2014, Buriram opened Thailand’s first FIA Grade 1 (cars) and FIM Grade A (motorcycles) motor racing ground, the Chang International Circuit, named after its principle sponsor Chang Beer.
The circuit has attracted a lot of attention not only within Thailand, but also from abroad.
There are activities all year round, including both domestic and international events.
It is sometimes possible to take part in local events such as Go-Kart racing.
Find out more on their website
444/5 Moo 15 Eisan subdistrict, Muang District, Buriram
Huffing and Puffing
If you’re a keen runner or just a fun runner, the Buriram Marathon might be perfect for you.
Held in February every year, there are four divisions – full marathon, half marathon, mini marathon, and the fun run.
Each one starts and ends at the Chang International Circuit, with the full marathon winding through rice fields and other local picturesque scenery.
Prizes are amazing, ranging from 1,000 baht up to 100,000 baht plus a trophy!
You can find out more on their website.
Take Your Time
Buriram is about 400km from Bangkok with regular bus services from the Morchit Mai (Chatuchak) bus station.
While Buriram town doesn’t have a great deal to offer visitors, the province is dotted with many ancient Khymer ruins, notably Phanom Rung.
There are also silk making villages, flower gardens, and other attractions. So take a break from your sporting activities and check out the sights too!
There is a link below to the Tourism Authority’s great website.
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