Photo: Drying out on the streets of Khorat.


Nakhon Ratchasima

One advantage of being less well travelled is a considerable bang for your buck when it comes to accommodation. Hotels and guesthouses are priced well below their Bangkokonian counterparts and you can live relatively comfortably in Khorat for 500 baht a day. Hotels are spread about the city, but almost all are within walking distance of good restaurants and places of interest.

Chayada Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
131/4-9 Soi Wathatago, Mittraphap Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (081) 593 8429

Not the easiest place to find, Chayada Resort is located down a small soi off Mittraphap Rd. (the soi is on the left, just before the junction with route 224 if heading east -- look for the pink-green-blue sign for Chayaba Resort off the main road). This somewhat isolated location can be a big plus, however, if peace and quiet are what you’re after, and in reality it’s only a 15 minute walk... Read our full review of Chayada Resort.

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M in Korat
Backpacker - Under 600B
86 Soi Lampru 2, Suranaree Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (043) 273 232

Though many of these units are rented out as apartments, this tidy spot tucked behind Friends Bar usually has rooms to let. Accommodations are simple and clean and all rooms have air-con, cable TV, fridge, and hot water. Glossy tiled floors reflect the natural light that pours in from huge balcony windows and you're in a good spot to walk to restaurants and nightlife. The English-speaking owner... Read our full review of M in Korat.

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Sabai Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1 Moo 6 Tambol Muenwai, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 295 999

The Sabai sits a short walk down a quiet soi near the busy intersection of Changphuak Rd and Mittraphap, a short tuk tuk ride from the main bus station. It’s far from the city centre, but there are loads of good places to eat on Changphuak Rd nearby, and it’s right next to the popular expat bar, The Ram. The trade off for staying this far out is that you get sparkling clean rooms and... Read our full review of Sabai Hotel.

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

Neighbour to Tokyo Mansion, Sansabai has a brighter feel and some refreshing touches, though the two are similar in amenity and price. With a pretty pink exterior and welcoming reception, Sansabai's rooms have a lot to live up to. Fortunately, they deliver. Well-sized, clean, and simply decorated, all have fridge and satellite TV. Bathrooms are especially attractive with colourful hand painted... Read our full review of Sansabai House.

Thai Inter Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
344/2 Yommarat Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 247 700

While there are good options available for less, the relatively new Thai Inter may be worth the extra baht. Surrounded by a vibrant nightlife and picturesque restaurants, the hotel is set back from the street and retains a quiet and charming atmosphere despite its central location. We found the whole place -- lobby, hallways, rooms -- to be bright, fresh, and well cared for. Rooms feature trendy... Read our full review of Thai Inter Hotel.

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Tokyo Mansion
Backpacker - Under 600B
329 - 333 Suranaree Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 242 873

Not to be confused with the dismal Tokyo Hotel across the street, rooms here have a touch of character you might not expect for the price. Though the stairwell is dark and the lobby unimpressive, rooms are big and cheerful with high ceilings, chequered tile floors and wrought iron windows. Colourful bedspreads decorate the comfortable beds, and each room comes with a dressing area and vanity... Read our full review of Tokyo Mansion.

V-One Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
666/6 Changphurk Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima.
T: (044) 342 444

Though a ways from the centre of town, but not far from the bus station, V-One is a fun upscale choice, although we found it doesn’t quite live up to the prices... Colourful and trendy rooms include thoughtful amenities like q-tips, nail files and other toiletries you may have forgotten. All rooms have flat screen TV's and cozy duvets. The bottom of the line Silver Room boasts a comfortable... Read our full review of V-One Hotel.

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

A short walk from the monument and a plethora of restaurants and nightclubs, the Chaophaya is a large hotel that boasts decent rooms at decent rates. All rooms come with air-con, hot water, cable TV, and a fridge, and though the bathrooms are a little worn, the rooms are well-kept overall. They even feature some interesting touches for those who appreciate that tacky Thai sensibility -- on the... Read our full review of Chaophaya Inn.

Siri Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
688-690 Pho Klang Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 242 831

The Siri is a lively, comfortable and convenient choice located close to the train station and good restaurants. For the money and location there’s also good value to be found here. All rooms have air-con, hot water, cable TV, fridge, and turquoise leatherette couches. Twin rooms have an eating area and two queen beds separated by a partition, while single rooms feature one king. Beds are... Read our full review of Siri Hotel.

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Korat Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
191 Assadang Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima.
T: (044) 341 345

In the centre of the city, this pleasant hotel boasts a good location and comfortable rooms. All have hot water, air-con, and fridge, but differ in price according to size. The standard rooms are crowded, but deluxe models are quite spacious. Bathrooms are squeaky clean but some feature tacky pink floral tile that clashes horribly with the worn red carpet. The hotel is part of a Thailand wide... Read our full review of Korat Hotel.

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Rachaphrak Grand Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
311 Mittraphap Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima.
T: (044) 261 222

With its high rise, glossy exterior and many amenities, the Rachaphrak Grand Hotel stands out as a reliable intermediate choice. It is centrally located and within walking distance of the city's major attractions, though on a hot day you may want to hop on a songtheaw. Spacious rooms are comfortable, though dated and seemingly designed for business travellers. Ceramic tiled bathrooms are... Read our full review of Rachaphrak Grand Hotel.

Sakol Hotel Korat
Backpacker - Under 600B
46-48 Assadang Rd, Nakhon Ratchasima
T: (044) 241 260

There are a handful of old, dirt cheap hotels in Khorat that are literally falling apart and filled with bugs. While the centrally located Sakol Hotel is no Hilton, it does stand out as the only acceptable choice for a double room under 300B. The “lobby” doubles as a carpark, and at first glance the hotel doesn’t seem too promising, but that’s because they appear to put their efforts into... Read our full review of Sakol Hotel Korat.

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