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Nakhon Ratchasima

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  • Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
    3.5 stars

    Every animal's surroundings closely resemble their natural habitat and all have ample room to move around in. Though the vast terrain can be walked, the zoo also has bicycles for hire and a trolley that makes the rounds. Vendors sell bananas which visitors can either throw to elephants or ... read more

  • Bungtalua Park
    3.5 stars

    Bring your trainers and jog around the track or grab a picnic and a shady spot by the artificial lake. Popular with locals, the park offers prime people-watching opportunities and allows a glimpse into a small slice of Khorat life. A walk around the park offers picturesque views and a breath of ... read more

  • Maha Viravong National Museum
    3 stars

    The collection of religious statues is interesting but the wood, bronze and stone Buddhas seem to jostle each other for elbowroom. The building was styled after a Thai house -- a one bedroom Thai house. Exhibits of pottery, coins, bullets and other artefacts crowd into glass cases. ... read more

  • Suranaree Monument
    3 stars

    She organised Thai soldiers and villagers alike to take up arms and together they defeated the bigger, stronger invaders. The reigning monarch of the time, King Rama III rewarded Khunying Mo’s courage by erecting a statue of her in Khorat’s center, where it reverently stands today with ... read more

  • Dan Kwian Village
    3 stars

    The clay is harvested from the nearby Mun River, which colours it a rich rusty red. A bit further on, watch the pottery being made in the small village. The larger pieces are impressive, but those tailored to tourists are kitschy and disappointing. The Kwian Museum displays a collection of old ... read more

  • Pak Thong Chai
    4 stars

    You can peruse the wares or venture further into the village and see the renowned silks being made by hand. Local women work the old fashioned looms in a clattery and noisy process using their feet and hands to manipulate threads and position fibres. Products include scarves, picture frames, ... read more

  • Wat Phayap
    3 stars

    For something different, Wat Phayap, boasting the Cave in the City, is home to a cavernous stalactite covered sanctuary. Buddha statues serenely sit and soak up the ambiance. The dear head on the wall further complicates the mysterious vibe. Just a few steps from the centre of the city, this ... read more

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