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Nakhon Ratchasima, generally known as " Khorat ", is Thailands largest province situated on sprawling northeast plateau. Located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, the city itself serves as the gateway to the lowernortheastern region.

Covering an area of 25,494 square kilometers that is mainly plateaus and mountainous terrain, Khorat has fascinating traditions, charming hospitality, splendid natural scenery and awesome historical sites.

Some of the main attractions in Khorat are Khmer ruins. Scattered around the province, these products of ancient wisdom shines through time. One of the Thailands finest Khmer ruins can be seen here next to Mon and Lao sites. In addition, Khorat has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park .

Apart from the famous statue of Khun Ying Mo or Thao Suranari , Khorat is most well known for silk weaving (in Pak Thong Chai) and a variety of top-notch quality handicrafts such as clay pottery products of Dan Kwian .


Geographically, Nakhon Ratchasima borders on Chiyaphum and Khon Kaen Provinces in the north, Buri Ram Province in the east, Chiyaphum and Saraburi Provinces in the west and Nakhon Nayok and Prachin Buri Provinces in the south.


Khorat is alsothelargest northeastern province. Inhabitants of the province are mainly engaged in agricultural activities that include farming of rice and other crops such as sugar cane, tapioca, corn, jute, peanuts, sesame and fruits. There are more than 100 savings and agricultural cooperatives in the province, 35 irrigation projects and 7,122 industrial factories. Most of the factories are rice mills, tapioca product manufacturers, and industrial factories.

Khorats most popular annual event is the Thao Suranari Festival, a celebration of Thao Suranaris victory over the invader. Its held from late March to early April and features parades.

Looking back

Khorat used to be the site of several ancient prehistoric communities. Little is known about the early history of Khorat, except that it used to be part of a kingdom called Sri Janasa an empire that extended its power to the entire Khorat Plateau.

Initially the predominant cultural influence in the city was that of the Dvaravati culture, however, it was later replaced by the Khmer culture. The prehistoric site of Ban Prasat is an evidence of this occurrence while traces of both the Dvaravati and Khmer cultures are scattered throughout the province, particularly at Amphoe Sung Noen and Amphoe Phimai .

Once an administrative and cultural center, Khorat s role today remains unchanged as it is currently the main transportation, industrial and economic hub of the Northeast.










By Car

Route 1: Take Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin) from Bangkok to Saraburi and then take Highway No. 2 (Mitraparp Highway) from Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 259 kilometers.

Route 2: Take Highway No. 304 from Bangkok and proceed past Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, Pak Thong Chai, to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 273 kilometers.

Route 3: Take the Bangkok-Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok route then take Highway No. 33 to Kabin Buri and Highway No. 304 past Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima.









By Bus

Ordinary buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) in Bangkok every 15 or 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 10.15 p.m. Air-conditioned buses leaving for Bangkok arrive and depart from the Korat's air-conditioned bus terminal on Mitraparp Highway.

The Transport Co., Ltd. (known as Bo Kho So) has both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses departing from the Bangkoks Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal) daily. Air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok every 10 minutes all day, traveling time is 3.20 hours and the fare is 157 baht. Non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok every hour from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., traveling time is 4.30 hours and the fare is 87 baht. For information, call 0 2936 2852-66 or get more updated information at www.traco.motc.go.th.

Private companies that offer bus services are Ratchasima Tour Co., tel. 0 4424 5443, Bangkok tel. 0 2936 1615 and Air Khorat Co., tel. 0 4425 2999, Bangkok tel. 0 2936 2252.

Buses running to other provinces leave from Bus Terminal 2 in Khorat. There are services to the northeastern provinces of Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram (the old route goes past Nang Rong and the new one past Huai Thalaeng), and Surin (past Nang Rong-Ban Tako). In addition, there are buses to Bangkok, Chon Buri, Pattaya, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai (up to Mae Sai). All depart from the Bus Terminal 2 in Khorat.

Getting around Korat

Traveling within the province is easy, with many mini-bus and bus routes operating in the city and nearby areas. The fare on each route is 3 baht. Comfortable air-conditioned bus services are also provided for route No. 2 at the rate of 5 baht.

A more convenient way to get around is to take the Tuk-Tuk or Samlor in the city. Samlors around the city costs 20 baht; while tuk-tuks cost 40 baht to most places around town (30 baht for a short hop) and 50 to 60 baht for longer trips. The rate for motorbike taxis is within the same range. Please note that the price must be agreed upon before a trip.

If traveling to another district, it is possible to take either a bus or mini-bus at Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road. At Bus Terminal 2, only provides bus services to Amphoe Phimai and Dan Kwian-Chok Chai.

For information, call Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road, tel. 0 4424 2899 and 0 4426 8899 and Bus Terminal 2 on the Mitraparp-Khon Kaen Road, tel. 0 4425 6006-9 ext. 175, 176 (air-conditioned), 178 (regular).










By Rail

An express train bound for Ubon Ratchathani departs Bangkok's Hualamphong Station at 9 p.m. and arrives in Khorat at 2.03 a.m.
Rapid trains on the Ubon railway depart at 6.50 a.m., 6.45 p.m. and 10.45 p.m., arriving in Khorat at 11.48 a.m. and 11.51 p.m. and 4.07 a.m. respectively. especially the morning arrival, which leaves plenty of daylight time to explore the city.

There are also two ordinary trains (3rd class only) that depart Bangkok at 3.25 and 11.25 p.m., arriving in Khorat about 5 1/2 to 6 hours after departure.
The 1st class fare (express train only) is 230 baht, while the 2nd class and 3rd class fares are 115 baht and 50 baht respectively. An additional fee of 40 baht is charged for rapid trains, 60 baht for the express and 80 baht for the special express train. The train passes through some great scenery on the Khorat Plateau, including a view of the enormous white Buddha figure at Wat Theppitak on a thickly forested hillside. Visit www.railway.co.th or call 1690 for more up-to-date schedules and fares.

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Ban Suan Jindapong
Ban Suan Jindapong
It is located in nature atmosphere and peaceful garden with prvacy area.
Address :99 Mu 4 Tambon Thai Samakkhi, Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Nakorn Ratchasima 30370
Telephone :0 4422 2399, 08 5811 6949 Fax : 0 4422 2399
Website : http://www.jindapong.com
No of Room : 10 Room , Price : 600 - 2200 Bath
Hindad Rimthan
Hindad Rimthan
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Address :334 Mu 10, Tambon Wangnamkhiao, Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Nakhon Ratchasima
Telephone :08 6255 1305
Website : http://www.wangnamkheo.com/hindad.htm
No of Room : 5 Room , Price : 2000 - 3500 Bath
Rooks Khorat Country Club
Rooks Khorat Country Club
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Address :622 Mu 12, Khorat-Pak Thong Chai Road, Km.22, Tambon Thong Chai Nuea, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Nakorn Ratchasima
Telephone :0 4424 9060-1, 08 1955 2566 , 08 1222 1371
No of Room : 20 Room , Price : 2400 - 6000 Bath
Phimai Inn
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Address :33/1 By Pass Poad, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Phimai, Nakorn Ratchasima 30110
Telephone :0 4447 1175, 0 4428 7228
No of Room : 70 Room , Price : 350 - 800 Bath
Villa Vista
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Address :56/14 Mu 10 Ban Nong Han, Tambon Nong Ya Khao, Amphoe Si Khio,Nakorn Ratchasima 30140
Telephone :0 2319 9212 , 08 1854 9433 Fax : 0 2643 2438
Website : www.phutawanresort.com
No of Room : 43 Room , Price : 1500 - 3000 Bath
Wanree Resort
Wanree Resort
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Address :7/5 Mu 17, Km .22.5 , Thanarat Road, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130
Telephone :0 4429 7388-9, 08 1925 2816 Fax : 0 4429 7390
Website : http://www.wanree.thiewthai.com
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Near the National park.
Address :122/4 Mu 17, Thanarat Road (KM. 22), Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima
Telephone :0 4429 7394-5
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Khlong Sai Resort
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Address :42/1 Mu 5, Thanarat Road, Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130
Telephone :0 4429 7112-8, 08 1600 4689 Fax : 0 4429 7119
Website : http://www.klongsai.com
E-mail : sales@klongsai.com
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Address :124/1 Mu 8 , Thanarat Road, ( KM. 4), Tambon Nong Nam Daeng, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima 30130
Telephone :0 4436 5347
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Address :81 Mu 10, Thetsaban 9 Road, Tambon Nong Kacha, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima
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