Practical guide to go and visit Nakhon Ratchasima
Still commonly known as Khorat, Nakhon Ratchasima city is often the first step in the discovery of Isan (Northeast Thailand). Large vibrant city during the day, it becomes calmer and more attractive by night. Do not expect to find here the exciting nightlife of major tourist destinations in the South or Bangkok. But still its two little night markets and especially the very attractive Talat 100 Muang Pee Ya, we strongly recommend for dinner as long as you are not afraid to speak by gestures or you want to try to speak Thai) will seduce you. Here tourists are relatively few, very rare during low season. But there are farangs who settled in nakhon Ratchasima, their Thai girlfriend or wife being from Khorat. Isan region is the least visited of Thailand. However, it hides many treasures, including Khmer temples, especially the most prestigious ones, Phimai and Phanom Rung, whiche are not very far from Nakhon Ratchasima. Attractions in the city itself are not so attractive. Temples are quiet numérous but can lack of interest comparing to those of other destinations. Note anyway Wat Payap and its artificial cave temple, Wat Sala Loi and its traditional architecture revisited or Wat Salawan a little more in the nature and the pond behind him with a white wooden terrace restaurant, another good spot to have dinner. Those who have already visited many temples, will probably find Korat ones disappointing. Still, you might like to extend your stay here attracted by the ambience and very good value for money accommodation and restaurants.
The city also has one of the most famous Zoo in the country. Note that during peak season, there is a tram city tour to discover the main monuments and attractions of Nakhon Ratchasima that departs from Thao Suranaree Monument.