Nakhon Ratchasima

Known locally as “Khorat”, Nakhon Ratchasima is a large north-eastern province in the heart of ‘Issan’. Around 260 kilometres from Bangkok, this is a large province which is steeped in history, especially that which relates to the Khmer kingdom. As a result there are numerous sites covering all aspects of Khmer culture. The province is rich in nature with forests, mountains, waterfalls and reservoirs. The province also supports traditional ways of life, especially well reflected at Dan Kwian – a traditional community based around the production of clay pottery products. Nakhon Ratchasima’s museums are excellent, housing findings from a variety of archaeological digs that bear witness to the region’s pre-history and the Dvaravati and Khmer cultures that strongly influenced it. Attractions in the area include Khao Yai National Park – an especially good park protecting birds and animals (tigers, elephants, etc.) and Prasat Hin Phimai National Historical Park, one of the best in Thailand.

Attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima

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Dan Kwian Earthenware Village

Known as the ‘land of ceramics’, Dan Kwian is Nakhon Ratchasima’s main ceramics center. Previously an area where bull-carts would stop on their way to nearby Khorat, generations of Dan Kwian residents have been involved in making the local pottery which is famed for a rough texture and a rust-like color. The geographic...


Khao Yai National Park

Thailand’s first National Park is also its second largest, and certainly one of its best! Khao Yai National Park spreads to four different provinces with the bulk of its 2,100 square kilometers in Nakhon Ratchasima. The park has a variety of terrains from deciduous forest to savannah and houses some 3,000 species of plant. Wildlife in the...


Phimai Historical Park

At the height of the Khmer era Nakhon Ratchasima was an important route into the Khmer kingdom. This fact is reflected by Phimai Historical Park. Parts of the park are actually older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It features a huge Angkor white sandstone shrine (around 30 meters tall) which is surrounded by smaller pink-colored shrines. The park...


Pak Thong Chai Silk Village

Despite this age of high technology and automation, it is a little known fact that the bulk of silk produced in Thailand is spun by hand in silk villages using traditional techniques. Pak Thong Chai is one such village entirely dedicated to the production of fine silks and silk products.  The quality of its products has given Pak Thong Chai...


Ban Prasat Archaeological Site

Ban Prasat Archaeological Site is located at Nong Sung north of Nakhon Ratchasima. The site is considered to be an agricultural-ceramic society 3,000 years ago in prehistoric times. The site is Thailand’s second archaeological site (the first is Ban Chiang) to be set up as an outdoor museum. You can find community which had been living here...


Jim Thompson Farm

The Jim Thompson Farm is located in Pak Thong Chai district. The farm was established on an area of over 600 acres on a hillside Phraya Prab district. Jim Thompson farm provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experiences the life cycle of silkworms and the silk farming process as part of the Isan way of life. The farm also including an...

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