Nakhon Ratchasima is often known as Khorat, and it is the biggest province among the northeast provinces of Thailand. Its neighboring provinces are (clockwise, from north) Sae Kaeo, Chaiyaphum, Sarabuni, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Nayok, Buriram, Lopburi and Prachinburi Mueang. Nakhon Ratchasima District is the capital of the province of the city of Nakhon Ratchasima. The province is at the west end of the Khorat Plateau, and it has two national parks: Thap Lan in the South and Khao Yai in the west. Both parks are in the forested mountains of the Sankamphaeng Range. As a large province on the northeast plateau, Khorat acts as an entryway to the other provinces in the northeast. It is approximately 259 kilometers from Bangkok. With a long history and rich in the Khmer culture, destination Nakhon Ratchasima is an attraction to many tourists. The province has a long history and is also rich in Khmer culture.
One of the main magnets in Nakhon is the Khmer ruins that have remained a great attraction over the centuries. You will find them scattered throughout the province. However, Thailand’s finest Khmer ruins can be seen in Nakhon next to Mon and Lao sites. Besides the ruins, Khorat has an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, wildlife, hills and waterfalls that are in locations that can be easily accessible such as Khao Yai National Park. Khorat is also well known for its excellent clay pottery products of Dan Kwian, and for its silk weaving that is located in Pak Thong Chai.
Khorat also has popular annual events such as the Thao Suranari Festival, which is a celebration of Thao Suranari’s victory over the Lao. Held from late March to early April, they feature parades filled with culture, arts and shops showing exhibitions of private and public offices; an event that is unforgettable. Aside from that, they also hold Boat races held yearly by the people of Amphoe Phimai on the second weekends of November.
For those nature lovers out there seeking new adventure and indulges out of this â€˜world sittings’ of nature, the place to go is the Petrified Wood Park. It is located in Tambon Suranari and is endowed with a collection of over 10,000 petrified wood pieces. The wood pieces were unearthed from beneath the surface, a depth of 8 meters. They are of various sizes and range from rocks to pebbles with a diameter of over 50 cm to other kinds of pieces with diameters more than a meter long. The wood pieces also appear in a range of colors. Amazingly, they differ in age, and the range is 1 and 70 million years.
If you love learning about history, things that happened before our time, and the most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand, the place to visit is the Phimai Historical Park. The word Phimai appears in an inscription on a stone tablet at the front doorway of the building and appears as well on other structures. It is believed that the word Phimai refers to a religious stature or site. What makes the Phimai Sanctuary special is that while other shrines face other directions, its the only that faces south. This could be attributed to a myth that it was designed to point purposely or to face the route followed by Khmers to the south of Phimai, from the empire’s capital.
Another enchanting site to see while in Nakhon Ratchasima is the Kong Kaeol Waterfall. It originates from Huay Lam Takhong, which divides Nakhon Nayok and the Nakhon Ratchasima Provinces. You can reach the waterfall by walking a distance of 100 meters from the tourist service center. Here you can enjoy short nature trips on nearby trails, and you could also go swimming at the waterfall for those who would like to cool down as you enjoy the marvelous view.
Nakhon Ratchasima has so much to offer, and travelers need not look further… this is the place to go on a vacation. See you in Ratchasima!