Where to Stay
A 10-minute drive from Chang Arena and the Chang International Circuit, Green@Buriram ( 6644/666-086; greenatburiram.com;
twins from US$25) is a locally run four-star boutique property that opened last April with just 20 twin rooms. The setup is simple but comfortable, with Japanese-style beds on a raised wooden oor and large bay windows offering views of the surrounding greenery. Half of the rooms overlook the hotel’s shaded, manicured garden curling between two ponds. The standalone reception pavilion doubles as a cozy glass-walled café specializing in local favorites. Keen sports enthusiasts wanting to stay close to the action should opt for Amari Buriram United ( 66-44/111-444; amari.com; doubles from US$30), set within the grounds of Chang Arena and Thailand’s only football-themed hotel. The 60 rooms and suites here start at a spacious 36 square meters – naturally, all come decked out in Buriram United’s signature blue and white home colors. The hotel’s overall design is modeled on a sports stadium, with most accommodation facing a central courtyard that features a mini football eld plus an outdoor pool and bar. Indoors, guests can also stay in shape at the gym or reward themselves for the day’s explorations with hearty Thai fusion fare at Kick Off, the signature all-day dining venue. For a more immersive and quintessentially Thai experience, opt for a rural homestay with Khun Samreang at the silk-weaving village of Baan Sanuan Nok ( 66/80-595-3414).
Left: A Deluxe room at Amari Buriram United, whose design pays tribute to the local football team. Below: The welltended garden at Green@Buriram hotel is the ideal setting for an outdoor picnic.