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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.

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