Photo: Drying out on the streets of Khorat.


Nakhon Ratchasima

In recent years Khorat’s accommodation scene has evolved to include a funky hostel and several swish flashpacker-range hotels. These have joined several older guesthouses, serviced apartments and budget hotels. Below we’ve listed some of the best and most centrally located options in all of these categories.

Rom Yen Garden Place
Backpacker - Under 600B
168/9 Jomsurangyad Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 260 116-7

Peeling business away from Khorat’s many ageing hotels, Rom Yen Garden Place offers an excellent downtown location along with plush rooms in the 1,000 baht range. Set around a broad tree-lined deck accented by Japanese fish banners, the large four-storey building has many rooms on the ground floor and others accessed by a lift. The superior that we checked out was spacious and spotless,... Read our full review of Rom Yen Garden Place.

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Sansabai House
Backpacker - Under 600B
335-337 Suranaree Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 255 144

With an enthusiastic English-speaking staff, homely vibe, central location and great-value rooms, the long-running Sansabai House remains a go-to choice for many backpackers. Set in a light purple converted shophouse that stands four storeys tall, Sansabai had updated its frontage since our last visit to include wall-to-ceiling glass windows in the lobby and a sleek black-and-teal sign out... Read our full review of Sansabai House.

Urban-Bamboo Hostel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
111 Soi Vatchrasarid (just north of Mahathai Rd), Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (095) 073 0820

All it takes is a glimpse of the sunglass-wearing dog logo attached to slanted sea-green windows to know that Urban-Bamboo Hostel is doing something totally different in Khorat. It’s a tangible example of the youthful energy that increasingly charges through the city -- and straight into an artistic range of rooms. At street level the property greets you with circular windows carved into... Read our full review of Urban-Bamboo Hostel.

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Chaophaya Inn
Backpacker - Under 600B
62/1 Jomsurangyad Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 260 555

The old Chao Phaya Inn’s sign pulsates from red to blue to yellow after dark, looming large in the centre of Khorat -- you certainly won’t have trouble finding the place. The location near a bunch of eateries and within a five-minute walk of Ya Mo is the best part, but rooms aren’t too shabby for the price. After being greeted by a smiley English-speaking receptionist, we were sent... Read our full review of Chaophaya Inn.

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Moonlight House
Backpacker - Under 600B
224 Jomsurangyad Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 274 415

Good for a short or long stay, the Moonlight House has well-equipped budget rooms located down a side lane off a quieter stretch of Jomsurangyad that keeps the centre of town within a 15-minute stroll. Firm beds with decent linens and four different pillows of various levels of thickness are placed on white-tile floors in simple, well-kept rooms. You also get a desk, small TV, fridge, tiny... Read our full review of Moonlight House.

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Sri Rattna Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Suranaree Rd (just west of Ratchadamnoen), Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 243 116

Make your way to the Sri Rattna Hotel if you’re on a shoestring budget and could go for a rock-hard bed in a great downtown location. Usually shortened to “Sri Rat” (it rhymes with “be hot”), this old-style Thai budget hotel has a great location next to Mae Kim Heng Market and a couple of hundred metres northwest of Ya Mo. Expect considerable street noise. The women at reception... Read our full review of Sri Rattna Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Nakhon Ratchasima? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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