The city of various Khmer ruins and the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo
named Nakhon Ratchasima or commonly known as "Khorat" is situated on
a plateau, about 260 kms northeast of Bangkok. The city itself serves as the gateway
to the northeastern region. It is Thailand’s largest province and is the
main transportation, industrial and economic hub of the northeast. People are
extremely warm and friendly.
Popular tourist destinations
include the Monument of Thao Suranari, built to commemorate the heroic deeds of
Khun Ying Mo, wife of the Deputy Governor of Khorat during the reign of King
Rama III, who managed to save the city from the invasion of the Laotian army
led by Prince Anuwong of Vientiane. Located in Nakhon Ratchasima are several
important religious places including Wat Phra Narai Maharat, housing the sacred
image of Lord Narayana in sandstone; Wat
Sala Loi, which is constructed in the shape of Chinese Junk; the 3000 years old
monastery Wat Khoa Chan Ngam, which is famous for its pre-historic rock paintings;
the Phra Non Sema, with its reclining Buddha image made of red sand stone which
is the most ancient and largest in Thailand; and the famous Wat Na Phra That,
with its beautiful mural paintings from the early Rattanakosin period.
Nakhon Ratchasima Province boasts one of
the best national parks in the world, Khao Yai National Park.
Bestowed with one of the world’s largest monsoon forests, this park has high
species richness, including a very good population of birds, wild elephants,
bears, tigers and leopards. The Park
comprises various mountains, two important rivers of Lam Takhong and Nakhon
Nayok, with over 20 waterfalls. Favorite activities in the park include
butterfly and bird watching, animal watching and trekking.
Lam Takhong Dam and the Lam Phra Phloeng Dam with their beautiful
surroundings are ideal spots for relaxation and attract a large number of
tourists. Rafting on Lam Takhong is
a very popular sport among the tourists. Phimai Boat Racing, an annual festival
held during October or November, draws thousands of tourists to witness the
There are both air-conditioned and ordinary buses available to Nakhon
Ratchasima Province, which leave the Northern
Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) in Bangkok every few minutes. There are two ordinary
trains and one express train
leaving from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station at fixed timings.