Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Khao Yai National Park

Cool and lush, Khao Yai National Park is an easy escape into the primordial jungle. The 2168-sq-km park, part of a Unesco World Heritage site, spans five forest types teeming with wildlife. There are good hiking tra…
Top Choice Historic Site in Phimai

Phimai Historical Park

Prasat Phimai is one of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand, both in its grand scale and its intricate details. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings feature many Hindu deities, and many d…
Top Choice Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park

Nam Tok Haew Narok

Nam Tok Haew Narok ('Hell Gorge Waterfall') is in the far south of the park, 23km from the visitor centre. Its three levels combine to form a 150m drop, making it the park's biggest. It's pretty easy to walk the 800…
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 Phimai

Phimai National Museum

One of the biggest and best museums in Isan, the Phimai National Museum is well worth a visit. Situated on the banks of Sa Kwan, a 12th-century Khmer reservoir, the museum consists of two spacious buildings housing …
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 …
Gallery in Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai Art Museum

This excellent private gallery has three rooms of modern art from some of Thailand's top artists, including Anupong Chantorn and Lampu Kansanoh, and a sculpture garden. It's 3km east of Th Thanarat turn at the bus s…
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 …