Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide - Khao Yai National Park - Haew Suwat Waterfall
Haew Su Wat Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park – Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide

Introduction to Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide

Commonly known as Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima is Thailand’s largest province in terms of land area. The province is located on Thailand’s huge northeastern plateau, and serves as the entrance to the lower northeastern region. Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Buriram, Sa Kaeo, Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, and Lopburi are neighboring provinces.

The modern-day city of Nakhon Ratchasima has its beginning in the late seventeenth century when King Narai of Ayutthaya ordered the city’s construction to shield the Ayutthaya Kingdom’s northeastern boundary against Laotian or Khmer invasion. The name is made up of two words: ‘Nakhon’ is derived from the Sanskrit word Nagara, which means ‘city’, and ‘Ratchasima’ is a combination of the names of two cities: Korat and Sema.

Nakhon Ratchasima features amazing heritage, wonderful hospitality, spectacular historical landmarks, and stunningly beautiful landscape, including Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest National Park. The province is very popular among tourists since it is only a few hours distant from Bangkok and has accessible transportation.

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How to get to Nakhon Ratchasima

Map of Phuket Nakhon Ratchasima

Top Attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima

Nakhon Ratchasima - Phimai Historical Park

Phimai Historical Park

One of the largest Hindu Khmer temples in Thailand.

Haew Suwat Waterfall at Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park

One of the most famous national park in Thailand. Best known for beautiful sceneries and adventurous trekking spots.

Khao Yai Tieng Viewpoint

A stunning viewpoint of windmills, mountains, and a reservoir.

Pak Chong

The nearest town of Khao Yai National Park. A famous getaway town for Bangkokians.

Lam Takhong Dam

Lam Takhong Dam

A well-known dam with stunning landscape.

Wat Ban Rai

Wat Ban Rai (Elephant Temple)

A temple known for its colorful complex and an elephant mosaic shrine on a lake.

Thao Suranari Monument

Thao Suranari (Ya Mo) Monument

A monument built in 1934 to honor the bravery heroine.

Wat Pa Si Phothiyan

Wat Pa Si Phothiyan

A remarkable temple hidden in the forest near Lam Phra Phloeng Dam.

Wat Non Kum

Wat Non Kum

A stunning temple that houses Thailand’s biggest bronze statue of Luang Pho To.

Side Trips

External Resources

Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide - Mittraphap Road
Mittraphap Road, the main gateway to the upper Northeastern Thailand (Isan) from Central Thailand – Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide

Summary of Nakhon Ratchasima Travel Guide

Thailand’s largest province is Nakhon Ratchasima (popularly known as Korat). Nakhon Ratchasima is a lively entry point to Thailand’s northeastern Isan region. While many visitors stay in the city center for a temporary stopover, the province has numerous gorgeous scenery waiting for them to visit. Pak Chong District is a popular weekend retreat for Bangkokians, with luxurious resorts, breathtaking countryside, and superb steaks. While you’re seeking for the ideal vacation destination, consider visiting one of Thailand’s other provinces:

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