An excursion to the Khmer temples should also include a detour to the village of Baan Charoen Suk, where a small collective of local artisans produce Phu Akanee Cotton ( 66/89-526-6071) using natural dyes sourced from the rust-red volcanic soil, padauk bark, and cultivated marigolds. Discerning Bangkok residents are known to make the trip to procure clothes and textiles that are otherwise prohibitively expensive in the capital. For non-Thai speakers, hiring a guide or translator is essential if you want to get the most out of a cotton-dyeing and weaving demonstration, which can be arranged in advance. Just 15 kilometers from Buriram town lies the silk-weaving village of Baan Sanuan Nok ( 66/80-5953414). Visitors here can learn every step of the silk production process, from planting mulberry trees and breeding silkworms to reeling the lament, making silk yarns, and weaving.