Nakhon Ratchasima

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Country rank: 39 out of 52 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: South East Asia


Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Best time: December - February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Buriram Airport (Check Flights)


"An Ode to a Warrior"

Nakhon Ratchasima Tourism

Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Khorat or Korat, is the capital city of the province of the same name and is one of the most modern cities in the northeast region of Thailand. It is also among the best connected of the 'Big Four of Isaan' - the other three being  Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, and Khon Kaen. Its connectivity to Bangkok and to Isan have made it a a great stopover to visit the number of other attractions around the city including Khao Yai national park, Phimai and Phanom Rung. 

One the biggest provinces in Isan, it was built in the late seventeenth century by King Ayutthaya to protect the northeastern frontier from the Khmer attack. The highlight of the city itself is, however, the imposing statue of Thao Suranaree, a warrior woman, who led herself and her troops to a courageous and thumping victory from, the Laotian invaders. This sixth-largest city in Thailand is a heady mix of culture, history and modernity.

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Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park

The Khao Yai National park remains the top attraction of Korat with its fresh and lush environment. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site; it has five forest types which are filled with wildlife. The place has some impressive waterfalls including the Nam Tok Haew Suwat and Nam Tok Haew Narok which are wonderful to view in the rainy season. The park is home to animals like tigers, elephants, gibbons, tropical birds, pythons and thousands of insects. You can also get a view of some of the most dazzling butterflies.

Phimai Historical park
Phimai Historical Park

The Phimai Historical Park features a Buddhist temple which is one of the most ancient temples in all of Thailand erected in the 11th century by Khmer King Jayavarman VI. Prasat Phimai is an impressive ruin known for its grand scale and intricate details. The temple features many Hindu deities and a prang tower. You can hire a guide for a full tour of the place.

Sai Ngam

Sai Ngam is a park which has a 350-year-old banyan tree, spread over an island. The interlocking branches and gnarled trunk gives the tree the look of a small forest. It can be an excellent location for catching photos. Wat Phra Narai Maharat The Wat Phra Narai Maharat is a Buddhist sanctuary which originating from the center of a pond. It is a peaceful temple where you can relax and meditate. Also, a few meters down the path is the Narayana Temple, which is a haven to four old Khmer-style Hindu images.

Night Ban Koh

Night Ban Koh is the place you should visit if you want to get a taste of the nightlife of people in Nakhon Ratchasima. The site is a famous hangout spot for local children and offers one of a kind cultural experience. You can also try out the local shops and the local food stalls.

The local food in Nakhon Ratchasima is a tasty affair laden with the usual suspects of the cuisine in Thailand - Slurpy noodles, deliciously cooked meats and sauces bursting with flavor. A normal meal her can be as affordable as 25-30 Baht. The most popular dishes to sample while you are here are the khao man gai, kwitiyao and khao moo daeng. It is also important to note that food here is mainly served based on two broad categories - while one type of outlet serves pre-cooked food, the other has a set menu consisting of various dishes such as Pad Krapao Moo, Khao Pad and Pad Thai. All of these consist of different types of meat cooked with flavorful sauces and rice.

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