Phimai Ancient Khmer Style Sanctuary
  Nakhorn Ratchasima Province or so many people called "Korat" is the gateway to The Northeastern of Thailand. There are many attractive place to visit: Phimai ancient Khmer style sanctuary, Thao Suranari Monument, Silk weaving village at Pak Thong Chai District, Pottery / Sand stone carving/ sculpture at Ban Dan Kwain, Chok Chai District, and the first national park, Khao Yai National Park at Pak Chong District.

Map to Korat
  How to get there
1) By Car
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The shortest route is to take Highway No.1 (Phahon- Yothin) from Bangkok city to Saraburi and turn right along Highway No.2 (Mittraphap Highway) till Nakhon Ratchasima,a total distance of 259 kms (161 miles).
2) By Bus: Take the air or non air-conditioned bus from Moh Chit bus terminal. Non air-condition buses lleave every 15 minutes,for information call 272-5254, 272-5228. Air-conditioned buses leave every 20 minutes, call 272-5253, 272-5299. The fare is 115 Baht.
3) By Railway: Trains leave Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) many times daily. For further information call (02) 223-7010, or (02) 223-7020.
4) By Air: Nakhon Ratchasima has new airport a bit far from the city.
   

The Monument of Thoa Suranari
  The monument of Thao suranari or Khun Ying Mo is located in front of the old gate or "Pratu Chumpon" on the west side of tthe city, actually at the city centre.
This monument was built in 1934 to commemorate the heroic deed 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 Vientian.
Every year from March 23 to April 3, there is a celebration to honour this statue which draw thousands of people from town and neighbouring provinces.

Phimai Ancient Khmer Style Sanctuary
  The ancient city of Phimai was rectangular in shape and measured 565 x 1,030 metres. It is surrounded by a moat on all sides. The religious sanctuary is situated in the center of a modern community. It is the largest stone sanctuary in
Thailand and the present structures and buildings were constructed during the 11th - 12th centuries A.D. Some structures were added during the 13th century A.D.
When we pass through the entrance on the right there is a big map of Phimai city and the sanctuary, and the building where visitors can get information, books, postcards, and souvenirs.
The Phimai sanctuary has survived to the present, but the elements and time have left their mark, causing deterioration. Major restorations were ccarried out between 1964 - 1969 as a joint project between the Department of Fine Arts and
the Government of France. Restorations of all structures in the sanctuary continued and the Phimai Historic Park was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on April 12, 1979.


 

Khao Yai National Park
  Khao Yai National park is Thailand's second largest national park. It covers an area of 2,168 squuare kilometers, some 25% of which falls within Nakhon Nayok Province, and the remainder covers parts of the neighbouring provinces of Saraburi, Prachin Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima
There are many attractive places to visit at Khao Yai: Check Point (the first stop is the Scenic Point ), Haew Suwat Waterfall (The top of the waterfall is easily accessed from the car parking area and there is a small passage down to the lower level. Many tourists come here for picnic and to enjoy the scennery.), Haew Narok Waterfall
(This is the highest waterfall in Khao Yai National Park which consists of three steps. The first step fall is 60 meters high. Total height of the waterfalls is approximately 150 meters.)
 

Lam Takhong Dam
  The Lam Takhong Dam is located on the edge of Friendship Highway (Mittraphap Highway), and it is about 70 kms from Nakhon Ratchasima city. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 310 million cubic meters, capable of supplying water for 238,000 rai of agricultural land.
For visitors travelling by car to Nakhon Ratchasima, now there is a newly built Information Center and gateway to I-San or the Northeastern part of Thailand.