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Nakhon Ratchasima Province

If you had just a single day to experience Thailand, Khorat – the original and still most commonly used name for Thailand's largest province – would be a great place to spend it. Most visitors are here to jump into the jungle at Khao Yai, Thailand's oldest national park. Its large size and easy access make it one of the best wildlife-watching sites in Thailand.

While Khao Yai is the soaring pinnacle of the province's tourist industry, history aficionados can soak up an evocative glimpse of the Angkor era's heyday at the beautifully restored ruins at Phimai.

Khorat city offers little in terms of tourist sights, but is a pleasant place to stay, with a solid selection of hotels and restaurants making it a good base for your Isan sojourn.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Nakhon Ratchasima Province.