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Nakhon Ratchasima Travel - Nakhon Ratchasima or Khorat has carved a niche for itself, thanks to it's assets. Don Kwian has been acclaimed on global level for ceramics. The province is the treasure trove of Khmer architecture and national parks.
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Nakhon Ratchasima TravelNakhon Ratchasima or Khorat, as it is popularly called, has earned a unique place for itself on the tourist map of Thailand. Dan Kwian is a name of international fame in the craft of ceramics. The province is the treasury of ancient Khmer architecture. Places like Prasat Hin Phimai Historical Park are the destinations of art-lovers from all over the world. And the province is also the home of lush national parks.

Synopsis

Country Thailand
Location About 259 kilometers north-east of Capital Bangkok
Accessibility Best through Bangkok
Accommodation Hotels, resorts available
Dining Various cuisines available
Best Time to Visit November to February

Tour Attractions
Get informed about the following tourist attractions of Nakhon Ratchasima:

Dan Kwian
Dan Kwian or the land of ceramics is known for it's peculiar pottery, featuring rough texture and rust-like color. The ceramics is shaped not only in various everyday implements like bowls, dishes, tools and utensils, but also in items like jewelery, vases and figurines. Dan Kwian is famous at international level for ceramics and the pottery is exported to various countries. One can witness ceramics whereever one goes. A tour to the Moon River on the east of the village could add to Dan Kwian experience.

Prasat Hin Phimai Historical Park
Phimai Historical Park is the treasure trove of ancient Thai architecture, housing the largest number of Khmer era buildings. Numerous shrines, many of them more than thousand years old, are dotted in the area, testifying that Nakhon Ratchasima held an important place in Khmer era. The most famous structure of the Park is a white sandstone shrine (almost 30 meters tall), ringed by tiny pink-colored shrines.

The Park houses a modern museum with a small restaurant and gift shop. The museum presents some precious artifacts culled from the treasure of the Park.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan and Prasat Nang Ram are two other historical parks of Nakhon Ratchasima. Phanom Wan is located at the distance of 20 km from the town while Nang Ram is 79 km far. Monuments of both these premises belong to the 12th century.

Natural Attractions
Natural AttractionsThe Park has no dearth of natural attractions. Add some more points to your information about Nakhon Ratchasima.

Khao Yai National Park
Enlisted as an ASEAN heritage sight in 1982, the Park is the oldest and the second largest National Park in Thailand.

Nakhon Ratchasima Zoological Park
Located at a distance of 13 km from the town is the Zoological Park, providing shelter to many interesting wild creatures like hog deer, bison, wild gibbon, langur, wild cat, snake etc. Many bird species also reside in the Park like sarus crane, Indian and Thai peacocks. The Park has played an important role in preserving the wildlife in Thailand.

Sai Ngam
Located near Phimai Historical Park, Sai Ngam is a dam built across moon River. A nice picnicking spot, the place has many banyan trees intricately intertwined with one another. Sprawling densely over an area of approximate 15,000 square feet, these are considered the largest banyan trees in South-East Asia.

The Temples
Nakhon Ratchasima is the home of several temples, built under the patronage of Hindu or Buddhist cultures. Some are impressed by Chinese traditions. Wat Sala Loi, Wat Na Phra That, Wat Pa Salawan, Wat Ban Rai, Wat Phra Narai Maharat are some prominent temples of Nakhon Ratchasima. Wat Na Phra That, most famous among these, is known for impressive murals from the early Rattanakosin period.

Events & Festivals
Here are some popular regional festivals of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Phimai Festival
Held in September, this colorful festival is celebrated by the locals with enthusiasm. Various activities held here include religious, historical and cultural exhibitions. Most popular activity is light and sound presentation.

Phimai Boat Races
The boat races which coincide with the Phimai festival, take place in the Moon River. Boats resembling renowned royal barges compete and people cheer the boat riders. Locals purchase products from the stalls set on the banks of the river. Various entertainment programmes are also held.

Thao Suranari Commemoration
Celebrated from March 23 to April 2, this annual event is held to hail the victory of Thao Suranari, the legendary woman warrior who saved her birthplace Nakhon Ratchasima from the marauders during the reign of King Rama III. Cultural programmes are organised on the event and people light firecrackers.

Shopping
Nakhon Ratchasima produce an array of good products, which can make nice souvenirs. These include jewelery, utensils, fruits and fresh or dried food. These products are available at popular tourist attraction sites. Places known for particular products are Pak Chong for fruits, Khrat town for noodles, Pak Thong Chai for silk and Clothes while Dan Kwien for ceramics.

Getting Around
Many mini buses operate in the city and outer areas. Vehicles like Tuk-Tuk and Samlor can also be taken to get places. Motorbike-taxis are availabe on hire basis..

Accommodation
Various type of accommodation is available in Nakhon Ratchasima. Budget and luxury accommodation like hotels, resorts and guesthouses can be availed in Nakhon Ratchasima.