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Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)

Do not come between January & May,
Agricultural burning makes the area hard to see, also the air quality is extremely hazardous.

Nakhon Ratchasima


I will be discussing the city, Nakhon Ratchasima, but I will also include links to other parts of the province. The city is commonly referred to as Korat. It is the biggest province in Thailand in terms of space. It has 32 districts in total. Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, is the largest northeastern province, and the people of the province mainly work in agriculture.

The city of Korat is the third biggest in the country!  It has a registered population of 126,391 and an urban population of 466,098 as of 2019 (which I know was some time ago). It is also the gateway to the Isan region, where many Khmer cultural and historical sites are located. Korat has a long history dating back to the Khmer Empire in the 11th century and was later a strategic outpost for the Ayutthaya and Bangkok kingdoms. Today, it is a major economic and political centre in the northeast and a UNESCO Global Geopark with diverse geological features and natural attractions.

Korat is a city that honours its heroine Yaa Mo (Thao Suranari), who fought bravely against the Laotian invaders. You can see her legacy in many places, such as the Korat City Gate (Pratu Chumphon), also known as 'Yaa Mo Entrance'. There are also statues and shrines for her in the city square. Near the square, there is a temple called Wat Sala Loi (Floating Pavillion Temple), which was founded by Yaa Mo and contains her relics. There is also a newer temple next to it. There is a smaller gate in the square, it is said that if you pass under the gate, you will come back to Korat or marry someone in Korat unless you go through with your partner, then it means you will return with them. It's a standard Thai superstition thing but it was true for me and my wife, although that was likely anyway.

Yaa Mo (Thao Suranari)

Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo (Korat Zoo)

If you love animals, you will love the Zoo in Muang District, Chaimongkol. It is a huge place with many different kinds of creatures from all over the world. You can see tigers, lizards, camels and even marine life. You can also learn more about their habitats and behaviours. The Zoo is not far from Korat city centre and you can take a bus there easily. You can also stay overnight and enjoy the night sounds of the animals.

Giraffe at the Zoo

Korat Lagoon and Water Park
If you are looking for a fun and refreshing way to spend your day, you might want to check out the Water Park at Korat Zoo. It is the biggest water park in the Northeastern region, and it has something for everyone. You can enjoy the slides, pools, fountains, and other attractions, or just relax in the shade. The Water Park is a great place for kids, who will have a blast playing in the water and seeing the animals.

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Shopping Malls in Korat

- **Central Plaza**: This mall is modern and unique, featuring an outdoor running track and gym that visitors can use for free (but should check PM 2.5 and heat levels beforehand). It offers a vast assortment of stores, and eateries, including the most diverse international cuisine in its food court.

- **Terminal 21**: This mall replicates an airport terminal, with each floor themed on different destinations around the world. It has a free observation tower that offers the best views of Korat from above. It also has a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
- **The Mall**: This mall is the oldest and biggest shopping centre in northeastern Thailand. It opened in 2000 and has been renovated several times. It has a cinema, a food court, and many popular brands and outlets.

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Skydeck -

A 360-degree viewing tower that is 110 meters tall, which is the highest viewing tower in the northeast of Thailand as previously mentioned, in Terminal 21.

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If you want a place to shop and eat, you should check out Save One Night Market. This market offers a variety of products, from household items to clothing and food. You will be amazed by the food section, which has more than 100 stalls offering delicious food.

Another option is the NBK market, which is quite large and with clothing and mostly has Thai food stalls. You can also enjoy other cuisines and drinks at the nearby restaurants, where you can listen to live music and have a good time.

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Golf Courses

One of the popular golf courses in Korat is the Korat Country Club Golf & Resort, which is situated 15 minutes south of Korat town and has a well-kept course in secluded private grounds. The course is surrounded by mature woodlands and has challenging par fours and small greens. The resort also provides accommodation, restaurants and a grass driving range.

Use the links to book accommodation at these places.

Other golf courses in Korat include

Kirimaya Golf Course,

Mountain Creek Golf Resort and Residence,

Panorama Golf and Country Club,

Rancho Charnvee Country Club

Toscana Valley Golf Course. Each of these courses has unique features and facilities that cater to different levels of golfers.

Golf Club and Ball

Phimai is a small town that is famous for its Khmer temple, the Prasat Phimai, one of the finest of its kind in Thailand, just an hour north of the city. It is located in the centre of the town and is part of the Phimai Historical Park. Its architecture resembles Angkor Wat, which was built a century later and partly inspired by Phimai temple.

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Do you miss Western food? If so, you might want to try Korat Chef, a restaurant that specializes in British cuisine. Whether you crave fish and chips, shepherd's pie, roast beef, or even British Indian and British Chinese you can find it here at reasonable prices. Korat Chef is very welcoming.

Lunch with Beer

The National Park

I've talked about the city here mostly but not far away is Khao Yai a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ASEAN Heritage Park, as well as the first national park in Thailand. It has a rich and diverse natural environment that supports many native animals, as well as farmers and villagers who live nearby. The cool climate of Khao Yai allows for the cultivation of non-native crops and flowers, which contribute to the agricultural economy of the local communities and the country.

You can see more about the area Khao Yai here

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Welcome to Korat - the gateway to the North. You Know is your go-to guide for exploring the best experiences this city has to offer. From visiting Khao Yai National Park to exploring Phimai Historical Park nearby or enjoying the night market scene, tasting Thai cuisine, and admiring the Wat Sala Loi temple, we have got you covered with exciting activities, convenient transportation options, cosy hotels, and unforgettable tours. Plan your Korat adventure easily and immerse yourself in the richness of Thai culture. Start your journey here.


Bangkok to Korat


Bus: The cheapest way to go, but also the slowest. You can enjoy the scenery along the way, but you may also encounter traffic jams or delays.

Taxi: The most convenient way to go, but also the most expensive. You can depart at any time and get dropped off at your destination.

Train: A good balance between cost and comfort, especially if you take a night sleeper train. You can relax and sleep in your berth while the train takes you to your destination. You can also enjoy the views from the window or mingle with other passengers. However, you need to check the schedule and availability of the train tickets in advance. You also need to choose the class of your ticket wisely, as there are different levels of comfort and service. Some of the classes are air-conditioned or fan-only, private or shared, hard or soft.

You should book in advance using the Asain Public Transport widget below!


City Center (Korat City): This area is the heart of Nakhon Ratchasima, offering easy access to shopping malls, restaurants, and entertainment options. It's a convenient choice for those who want to be close to the city's main attractions.

The Mall Korat Area: The Mall Korat is a popular shopping complex, and staying in the vicinity can be convenient for shopping and entertainment. You'll find a range of hotels and guesthouses in this area.

Thao Suranari Monument Area: Named after the revered Thao Suranari, this monument is a landmark in the city. Staying in this area puts you in proximity to historical sites and local attractions.

Terminal 21 Korat Area: Terminal 21 is a popular shopping and entertainment complex. Staying in the vicinity can be convenient if you want to explore this modern and stylish destination.

Suranaree University of Technology (SUT): If you prefer a quieter and more university-oriented atmosphere, staying near Suranaree University of Technology could be a good option. This area is a bit removed from the bustling city centre but offers a more relaxed environment.

Bung Ta Lua Water Park Area: If you are travelling with family and enjoy water activities, consider staying near Bung Ta Lua Water Park. It's a bit outside the city centre but offers a more relaxed environment.

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Lop Buri

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Lampang - Chao Son

Chiang Mai

Driving option: Khao Yai

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From Lop Buri, you will head to Nakhon Sawan and visit Bang Mun Nak, a town that preserves the traditional wooden architecture and culture of Thailand. You will enjoy the authentic Thai cuisine and hospitality as you explore this quaint town.

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