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I was thinking of going this year but thought I would wait to see how the event was managed.

 

I watched it on TV and it was a great race.

 

If there are any expats living in Buriam, or anyone who went to the race, can you offer any reports on what the city and track and event was like, over the weekend of the race.  Things like queues.  Difficulty with transport to the track. Track facilities. Airport or bus station issues.  Price gouging.  Crime.  Availability of food and beverage in hospitality venues for the masses as I have never been to Buriam.

 

Can you say what was good and what was not so good about the track, city and facilities?

 

I know accommodation was pretty full in Buriam for it.

 

Any information or tips would be appreciated because depending on reports from people who went to the event, or people living in Buriam, I might go next year if it is on the calendar.

 

To the moderators.  I will make the same post in the sport section to try to get the views of local expats in Buriam as well as tourists who went to the event so I hope you allow it to run in both places.

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BT Sport in the UK covered all 3 days live from start to finish and didn’t miss a single minute. The lead commentator Keith Huewan is married to a Thai and he has been buzzing with anticipation all year.
Over the course of the weekend I heard one small moan about the traffic chaos on Friday morning but that was quickly resolved and Saturday and Sunday were greatly improved.
All the other presenters raved about the track, the facility, Buriram itself and Thailand in general. One even went as far to say it was THE must go to MotoGP next year.

I wish I could have been there myself, my personal favourite is Mugello but maybe I will combine a trip to family in Sisaket with MotoGP next year.



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50 minutes ago, jay1980 said:

https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1060286-moto-gp-thailand/

 

thread running here, everyone who went (including me) had a great time, the usual Thai visa naysayers who wern't actually there posting negative stuff as expected of course 555

 

 

Thanks for the link.  I will check it out.

 

I hope my threads are allowed to run for a while because I am also after some information about the city itself at race time.

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The big problem is accommodation. Unless you get in quick there is nowhere to stay within 100 kms.

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1 hour ago, chris2004 said:

The big problem is accommodation. Unless you get in quick there is nowhere to stay within 100 kms.

Was there a good campsite at the circuit ?

 

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2 hours ago, crystal1949 said:

Simply go there and look your self - it was a great It was a perfect Thai sports event!
100000 visitors without any problems. 
We are sure to be back next year

I will go next year.

 

As for a perfect Thai sport event, well, are lot of things in Thailand are imperfect, so I saw no harm in asking. 

 

I am going to the Malaysian MotoGP next month.  

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1 hour ago, chris2004 said:

The big problem is accommodation. Unless you get in quick there is nowhere to stay within 100 kms.

Yes, I had a look on Agoda and saw all the decent hotels were booked, and that was months away from the event.

 

The 2019 provisional calendar has been released.

 

As soon as the calendar is confirmed, I will try to book a hotel. 

 

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/09/04/provisional-2019-calendar-released/270093

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3 hours ago, britishrepublican said:

Much of the track is out if view from the grandstand. They should try to address the spectators view.

UHM.........where were you sitting in grandstand, from where i was i could see 95% of track.

When the riders where going down the long straight after turn one the get very small, its a long way, but there was a tv screen in front of grand stand so you could get a close upon turn 2.

that is why the first rows of grandstand were empty. better view from up top.

 

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11 hours ago, KhunHeineken said:

As soon as the calendar is confirmed, I will try to book a hotel. 

 

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/09/04/provisional-2019-calendar-released/270093

You will need to avoid the hotels that teams and officials used. I'm sure I heard from somewhere that bookings were cancelled because of this.

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12 hours ago, tso310 said:

You will need to avoid the hotels that teams and officials used. I'm sure I heard from somewhere that bookings were cancelled because of this.

Thanks for the tip.  I gather they stay in the best hotels in town.  I'll have a look on Agoda and see what the higher priced hotels are and then steer clear of them.

 

Can anyone recommend a larger nearby town that could also be an option for accommodation?  Nothing too far.  I don't mind arranging a driver. 

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There are no large towns nearly only Korat 130 kms or Surin 50kms. You might get some small guesthouse in the middle of nowhere.

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18 hours ago, moose7117 said:

UHM.........where were you sitting in grandstand, from where i was i could see 95% of track.

When the riders where going down the long straight after turn one the get very small, its a long way, but there was a tv screen in front of grand stand so you could get a close upon turn 2.

that is why the first rows of grandstand were empty. better view from up top.

 

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That's a great vantage point.  What is the name of this grandstand?  The pits is usually along the start / finish straight.  Where was the pits on this track? 

 

Were the tickets numbered seats or you sit where you want in the grandstand? 

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