Attractions

Shrine in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Thao Suranari Monument

Thao Suranari, wife of the assistant governor during Rama III's reign, is something of a Wonder Woman in these parts. Ya Mo ('Grandma Mo)', as she’s affectionately called, became a hero in 1826 by organising a succe…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Wat Salaloi

The city's most interesting temple was supposedly founded by local heroine Thao Suranari and her husband in 1827. Half of her ashes are interred in a small stupa (the other half are at her monument) and there are al…
Museum in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Suranari Hall

This little white building is a sort of museum to local heroine Thao Suranari, with a cool diorama and an even cooler sculpted mural of the famous battle in which legend says Thao Suranari convinced the town's women…
Museum in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Maha Viravong National Museum

Though the collection at this seldom-visited museum is very small, it's very good. There's prehistoric pottery (don't miss sneaking a peek at what's stored in the back), Khmer bronze statues and a variety of Buddha …
Market in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Save One Market

A ginormous market that's almost a city unto itself, 'safe wan' doesn't just stand out for its size, it offers more than just the usual Thai market tat and includes a vintage zone and a car boot zone. It has a good …
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Wat Phayap

When the abbot of Wat Phayap learned that blasting for a quarry in Saraburi Province was destroying a beautiful cave, he rescued pieces of it and plastered the stalactites, stalagmites and other incredible rocks all…
Buddhist Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Wat Phra Narai Maharat

This large temple is of interest primarily for three holy Khmer sandstone sculptures that were unearthed here – Vishnu (Phra Narai in Thai) is the holiest. To see them, follow the signs with red arrows back to the N…
Shrine in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

San Jao Lak Meuang

Khorat's city pillar shrine is pretty ordinary, but it has a large Dan Kwian (a nearby pottery village) ceramic mural on the wall beside it. It shows scenes of local life, such as silk weaving and moo·ay tai kickbox…
Historic Site in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Chumphon Gate

The city's only original gate left standing. It was a part of the city walls erected in 1656 by French technicians on the orders of Ayuthaya king Narai. A replica section of the wall sits in the northeast corner of …
Monument in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Chang Phueak Shrine

The wooden pillar at the centre of this small shrine was once used for tying up sacred 'white' elephants that passed though Khorat on their way to be given to the king. The pillar was removed to make way for a new r…