Photo: Drying out on the streets of Khorat.

Things to see and do

Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
Route 2310, south of downtown Khorat.
T: (044) 934 647

Covering some 218 acres, the Khorat Zoo is arguably the best of its kind in Thailand. 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 hand-feed to ... Read more about Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo .

Bung Talua Park

Head to this scenic park to take a break from the traffic and congestion of the city. 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 fresh ... Read more about Bung Talua Park .

Maha Viravong National Museum
Ratchadamnoen Rd. just south of the monument
T: (044) 242 958

Tucked behind the King Rama IX Commemorative Library, this museum feels like it hasn't been updated since it opened in 1954. 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 ... Read more about Maha Viravong National Museum .

Suranaree Monument
The centre of the city

In 1826, the Lao army invaded Khorat. With the assistant governor away, his wife Khunying Mo, stepped up to lead the defence. 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 ... Read more about Suranaree Monument .

Dan Kwian Village
15km southeast of Khorat

About 15 km southeast of the city, the streets are lined with pottery stalls and shops. 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 about Dan Kwian Village .

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30km south of Khorat

With its many shops and stalls, Pak Thong Chai has an amazing number of goods and souvenirs. 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 about Pak Thong Chai .

Wat Phayap
Centre of town, Nakhon Ratchasima

Khorat is home to many beautiful temples and a few are sure to entice strolling passers-by. 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 about Wat Phayap .

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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