The bright, earthy orange tones of the soils near the ancient and extinct volcano of ‘Khao Phra Angkhan’ south of Buri Ram has made this small village very unique and special. The locals here exploit the nature, using the natural brightness of the soil as the primary fabric dye; hence, a one-of-a-kind handmade cotton specialty of their own Khao Phra Angkhan was said to have had erupted for the last time more than hundreds of centuries ago, but the overflow from that eruption resulted in the area’s mountain that still contains the native red hue of the soil. This is believed to be a sacred mountain; hence, this volcanic soil-dyed cotton is a well-cherished product of the village. Cotton dyeing using natural dyes (from tree bark, indigo and so on) has always been a part of Thailand. And this village perpetuates the wisdom with their own specialty.

Attractions near Buri Ram


Phanom Rung Historical Park
This is one of Thailand’s most famous Prasat Hin or ancient Khmer architecture legendarily related to the Mount Kailash of Lord Shiva. Assumed to have been built in in the 5th-18th centuries – this archeological site is a real gem of Buri Ram.

Chang Arena
The largest club-owned football stadium in Thailand, Chang Arena is dubbed as ‘Thunder Castle” conveying a marketing message as the fifth castle of Buri Ram. The arena is open for free visiting during non-event days.

Ban Sanuan Nok
The small village where locals speak Khmer, Ban Sanuan Nok welcomes visitors who want to learn about the real Isan lifestyle and their silk weaving production.

Read more about Buri Ram in our “12 Hidden Gems” chapter…here