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, from rainforest to monsoon. The park's centrepi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Phimai

Phimai Historical Park

According to the information in its visitor centre, Prasat Phimai was started by Khmer King Jayaviravarman (r AD 1002–06), although other records have it dated to as late as the 12th century. Regardless, Phimai is o…
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 so there are…
Monument in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Thao Suranari Monument

Thao Suranari, wife of the city's 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 …
Museum in Phimai

Phimai National Museum

After a recent renovation this is now one of the best museums in Isan and well worth a visit. Situated on the banks of Sa Kwan, a 12th-century Khmer reservoir, the museum consists of two spacious buildings housing a…
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…
Winery in Khao Yai National Park

PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

Khao Yai Winery, which corked its first bottle in 1998, lies along Pansuk-Kudkla Rd, the direct route from Bangkok to Khao Yai (exit at kilometre 144). It's scenically set and offers tours (book in advance), tasting…
Museum in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)

Maha Viravong National Museum

Though the collection at this seldom-visited museum is very small, it's also very good. There's ancient pottery (don't miss sneaking a peek at what's stored in the back) and a variety of Buddha images spanning the D…
Gallery in Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai Art Museum

This excellent gallery has three rooms of modern art from some of Thailand's top artists, including Anupong Chantorn and Lampu Kansanoh. It's 4km east of Th Thanarat at kilometre 15; turn at the police box.
Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park

Nam Tok Haew Narok

Nam Tok Haew Narok is in the far south of the park (an 800m walk from the parking area). Its three levels combine to form a 150m drop, making it the park's biggest falls.