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Nakhon Ratchasima

Country
Thailand
State
Nakhaun Ratchasima
City
Nakhaun Ratchasima
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

 By plane

Happy Air launched a new service in August 2010 after a three year hiatus in flights to and from Korat. Flights between Korat and Chiang Mai operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And flights between Korat and the capital operate on every day of the week. Flights to Phuket, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin and Luang Prabang in Laos are reported to be starting up in September or October 2010.

By train

Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station (Huamlamphong) daily and can take anything from four to six hours depending on what type of train you catch. Twelve trains a day leave Bangkok for Korat. The times are 5:45, 6:40, 10:05, 11:40, 15:20, 18:30, 18:55, 20:00, 20:30, 21:50, 22:25 and 23:40. Fares are very reasonable for the 264 km journey. The cheapest ticket on the cheapest train is around 50 baht. There are two stations in Nakhon Ratchasima. The main station is on Mukmontri Road about two kms from the city centre. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis at the front of the station will take you to the Yamo area for around sixty and forty baht respectively. Catch songataews 1 or 14 opposite the station to also convey you toward the city centre.

By bus

There are two main bus stations in Korat. The new bus station is the larger of the two and is just to the north of the city centre, beyond Big C on the Korat to Khon Kaen stretch of Mittraphap Road. The old bus station is within the city centre on Burin Road between Suranaree Road and Mittraphap.So, assuming you are in Bangkok, just head to Morchit Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal. No need to consult a timetable: buses leave Bangkok for Korat several times an hour 24 hours a day. Go to the top floor of the terminal building and buy your ticket at window 40, 49, 50, 52 or 53.

By car

There are three routes to take from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima.

First Route: Take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin) passing Don Muang Airport, Wang Noi and Nong Khae till you arrive at the Saraburi interchange. At Saraburi, turn right along Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Highway) which finally leads to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance of this route is 259 kilometers.
 
Second Route: This alternative route is a little longer in distance but passes some interesting places. Take Highway No. 304 via Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 273 kilometers.

Third Route: Take Highway No. 305 passing Thanyaburi, Ongkharak to Nakhon Nayok. From Nakhon Nayok, turn right on to Highway No. 33 to Kabin Buri and then turn left along Highway No. 304 passing Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima.

Key places to visit
Statue of Thao Suranaree, Thao Suranaree Bravery Light and Sound Performance Building, Prasat Hin Phi Mai, Maha Weerawong Museum, Khao Yai National Park


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Places to Visit

Statue of Thao Suranaree

The statue stands in a pedestrianized municipal area between Ratchadamnoen and Chumphon Roads. Day and night, Thais will kneel before the statue and pray before making offerings of incense and flowers (purchased for twenty baht from an adjacent hut). It's fine to take photos of the statue but take your shoes off before ascending the steps. You can also have your photo taken by one of many professional photographers who loiter around the statue. This service should cost 50 baht and your picture will be printed out there and then on a portable digital printer.

Thao Suranaree Bravery Light and Sound Performance Building

A rather strange attraction, this one-room museum/art exhibit documents the story of Thao Suranaree (Yamo) through the medium of miniature models. Village and battle scenes are recreated in minute detail and run the length of one wall. On the opposite side of the room is a hugely impressive wall-mounted sculpture, in high relief, of a battle scene. Yamo is near the middle of the scene. On the walls and pillars are some of the oldest photos in existence of the city.

Maha Weerawong Museum

A small, quiet place, it contains mainly ancient Buddha statues and icons. Chairs used by several Thai Kings and Queens on their visits to Korat are among the more interesting items. The museum closes for all public holidays.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park Thailand first national park. Has four different provinces which includes 3,000 species of plant, 200 wild elephants, tigers, gibbons, bears, deer, bats, wild pigs, bird, and etc. the admission fee is 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children. Lodge houses range from 1,200 baht. Youth Camps range from 10 to 20 baht. Camping rate from 5 baht with your own tent

Prasat Hin Phi Mai

Prasat Hin Phi Mai Stone Khmer temple complex in Ampur Phi Mai. Frequent buses from Korat City's Bus Terminal Number 1. Excellent museum as well

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