Top things to do

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…
Thai in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Laap Loy

A contemporary Isan restaurant in front of the Thai Inter Hotel with a mix of classic, including kôoa nòr mái dong (roasted fermented bamboo shoot) and a fantastic đôm sâap, and modern, like fried lâhp and fish lăam…
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…
Thai in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

RN Yard

With both variety (Thai, Isan and more) and quality, many locals consider this Khorat's best night market. Most customers are here for take-home, but there's a two-level seating area in the back. Night Baan Koh (NBK…
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 …
Thai in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Rabieng Kaew

This rustic spot has both indoor and outdoor seating. The food, all big dishes meant to be shared, is very good and though the menu is large, you might be limited in your ordering ability by some head-scratching Eng…
Coffee in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Yellow Pumpkin

Hidden deep in a tiny soi east of the Thao Suranari Monument, this is where in-the-know locals come for quality coffee and deep relaxation along with quiet jazz, mint matcha and carrot cake.
Market in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

100 Year Meuang Ya Market

This night market is full of antiques and kitsch, but it's also a serious dining destination with dozens of restaurants (Thai, Isan and more) under a big roof.