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Nakhon Ratchasima

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Northeastern Thailand
256 km from Bangkok
Province of Nakhon Ratchasima
Population : 220 000

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Recomm. stay
1 à 3 jours

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General Information about 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.
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Accommodations in Nakhon Ratchasima

To sleep in Khorat (or Nakhon Ratchasima, it is the same), there are very friendly small cheap hotels, on Suranaree Road where our favorite address is for instance. There is not here a specific area where guest houses are concentrated as in many popular tourist cities in Thailand. The accommodations are scattered throughout the city. The city is not very touristy but has some great hotels.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Weather & climate in Nakhon Ratchasima

In Nakhon Ratchasima, there are usually three seasons: a warm season (February - May), a rainy season (May - October) and a cold season (October - February). During the cold season, the minimum temperatures in Korat, the other name of Nakhon Ratchasima, fall around 18 °C and even 12 °C in some rural areas.

The best time to come to Nakhon Ratchasima is from November to April, the least advised moment is in September which remains much less rainy than in the southern provinces.

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Practical information about Nakhon Ratchasima

It is very easy to find its way in Khorat, dual main street formed by Ratchadamnoen Road and Road Chumphon is with the square formed by fortifications walls and doors or what's left of them are major markers. In the median between the two streets, stand the Thao Suranaree monument, a heroine of the city still revered today and Chumphon Gate. Our favorite hotels (rooms around 500 THB) focus on a few meters on Suranaree Road near the Korat Chef pastry.

To get to Nakhon Ratchasima, you can take one of the very numerous bus leaving Bangkok Mochit Terminal or take the train (4-5 hours, online booking available HERE).

How to get around in Nakhon Ratchasima ?

To get around in Nakhon Ratchasima, you can take the local bus network. These are actually numbered songthaews which each have a defined route. Line 1 goes to the railway station, lines 2 and 11 go to the Old Bus Terminal (on Burin Road) and line 7 to Nakhon Ratchasima Main Bus Terminal (on Mittraphap Road). It cost around 10 THB per trip. Of course, there also are tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis and samlaws (rickshaws) and even some taximeters in Nakhon Ratchasima. Depending on where your accommodation is located, you can also visit the most interesting part of the city by walking. You can also use GRAB app (similar to UBER but UBER does not operate in Southestern Asia any more) to order a transportation.

How to ask in Thai to go to Nakhon Ratchasima ?

I want to go to Nakhon Ratchasima / Yak paï ti Nakhon Ratchasima.
Where is Nakhon Ratchasima ? / Nakhon Ratchasima you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Nakhon Ratchasima

Phimai temple

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My opinion :
at 60 kilometers from Nakhon Ratchasima, the city of Phimai has one of the most beautiful Khmer temples in Thailand. The Prasat Hin Phimai (in Phimai Historical Park) has much in common with Angkor Wat even if it is much smaller.

Khao Yai National Park

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My opinion :
The most famous of the country, among the most beautiful national parks in the world and UNESCO listed, it is a rendezvous for nature, flora and fauna lovers. About hundred kilometers far, it is not very practical to visit it and come back to Nakhon Ratchasima on the same day. It is better to settle down in Pak Chong, the nearest city.
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