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Attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand

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Gateway to the Lower Northeast is Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Khorat. This is l-san's largest province, covering an area of 20,494 sq. km., with the provincial capital of the same name located 259km. northeast of Bangkok. The city has since ancient times been a key administrative centre and remains the main transportation hub and economic heart of the Lower Northeast. Historic importance is witnessed in a number of superb ancient Khmer ruins, while scenically the province is rich in nature's bounty with forests, hills, and waterfalls, the best scenery being preserved and readily accessible in Khao Yai National Park. Furthermore, the area is well known for a variety of quality handicrafts

Chumphon Gate

 

 

Thao Suranari Monument

 

 

Wat Sala Loi

 

 

Wat Sala Loi

 

 

Phimai

 

 

Phimai Historical Park

 

 

Khao Yai National Park

 

 

Khao Yai National Park

 

 

Tham Khao Chan Ngam

 

 

Wat Na Phrathat

 

 

Dan Kwian Ceramics Village

 

 

Dan Kwian Ceramics Village

 

 

Agro- tourism Destinations

 

 

Phimai Festival


 

Nakhon Ratchasima

 

City attractions in
Nakhon Ratchasima

Chumphon Gate

Behind Thao Suranari Monument, this old city gate dates from the 17th century reign of King Narai the Great, who commanded a strong city wall to be built. The only one of four original gates remaining (the other three are reconstructions), Chumphon Gate is constructed of stone and brick covered with plaster, and is topped by a wooden watchtower with a tiled roof and decorated in Thai style.

Thao Suranari Monument

Erected in 1933 and located in the centre of Nakhon Ratchasima, the monument honours the Thai heroine known locally as Ya Mo. Khunying Mo, to give the lady her original title, was the wife of the assistant governor of Nakhon Ratchasima who, in 1826, rallied villagers to repel an invading army from Vientiane. After the battle, King Rama III promoted Khunying Mo with the title Thao Suranari. Every year a festival is held between 23 March and 3 April to honour her bravery, while people regularly pay homage to the 1.85 metre statue and ask for blessings.

City Pillar

Standing at the corner of Chumphon and Prachak Roads, this Chinese-style shrine houses the City Pillar, erected in the reign of King Narai the Great (1656-1688). The inner eastern wall is covered with fired clay tiles with raised designs depicting Thao Suranari in battle and scenes of daily life in ancient times.

Wat Phra Narai

The temple, on Prachak Road, houses a sandstone statue of the Hindu God Vishnu, which is considered to be Nakhon Ratchasima's most sacred object.

Chang Phueak Shrine

This small shrine by the northern pan of the city moot at the corner of Manat and Phon Saen Roads contains a Takhian Hin tree stump, which was where the people of Phu Khiao tied elephants for inspection before presenting them to King Rama I.

Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University Arts and Cultural Centre

Upon entering Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, on Suranari Road, turn left at the sign to reach the wooden two-storey Khorat House. It's a rich repository of information about the region's history, culture and traditional way of life.
Tel: 0 4425 2158, 0 4425 3097 ext. 1216

Maha Wirawong National Museum

At War Sutthachinda, opposite the City Hall, the museum's exhibits include woodcarvings, ceramics and sandstone images from tile Khmer and Ayutthaya periods. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. Closed on public holidays.
TeI: 0 4424 2958

Wat Sala Loi

In the northeast of the city, 500 metres from Rop Mueang Road, the temple is most notable for its preaching hall designed in the shape of a sailing junk, which was awarded the prize as the best avant-garde religious building from the Siam Architects Society in 1973. Enshrined here is a large standing white Buddha image. On the front of the door is a plaster sculpture of Thao Suranari sitting and praying in the middle of a pond.

 

Out of city attractions in
Nakhon Ratchasima

Wat Sala Thong

About 1 km. southeast of the city, this is the temple of the Dhamayuti sect. The surrounding area was originally a dense forest where a stone Buddha image was found in a clearing and later covered by a temple hall. The large pagoda was built over a smaller one that enshrines holy relics of the Lord Buddha brought from Myanmar.

Bun Luea Memorial

Situated at Bun Luea Witthayanuson School, 12.5 km. from the town on Nakhon Ratchasima-Chaiyaphum Road, the 175 cm. bronze monument honours the heroism of Bun Luea who gave her life when, in 1826, she and others defeated invaders by throwing lighted coals into a wagon carrying gunpowder.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan

Located 20 km. northeast of Nakhon Ratchasima, this 12th century sanctuary is the closest to town of the province's major ancient Khmer monuments. Although small, the ruins are impressive for both the architecture and the air of Serenity.

Phimai Historical Park

Some 60 km. north of town, the ancient sanctuary of Phimai ranks among the grandest and most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand, and one of the finest to be seen outside Cambodia, The principal sight in what is an extensive historical park is the main sanctuary set in a walled compound and once connected by road to Angkor. Dating from between the late 11th and mid 12th century, the sandstone sanctuary comprises a 28-metre-high tower with adjoining antechambers and porticoes on three sides, all finely proportioned and decorated with intricate stone carving. Other impressive remains at the site include the Prasat (Khmer towers) of flanking sanctuaries in the inner courtyard, and four corner ceremonial ponds in the outer courtyard.

Phimai National Museum

Located close by the bridge over the Mun River, just before you enter Phimai, the museum contains an interesting collection of ancient artefacts, including important Khmer carved sandstone lintels. Open daily from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.
Tel. 0 4447 1167

Sai Ngam

This recreation area, 2 km. from Phimai on the banks of the Mun River, is named for its abundance of banyan trees, providing 1,500 sq. m. of shade and believed to have originated from a single tree. Nearby there are souvenir shops and several restaurants, serving the popular dish of Phimai noodles.

Petrified Wood Park

Located at Ban Krok Duean Ha, Tambon Suranari, the area has a collection of over 10,000 pieces of petrified wood varying in sizes from pebbles to rocks with a diameter of over 50 centimetres, and some are more than a metre long. They are from 1 million to 70 million years old. The zoological gardens are located 1 km. from the provincial capital, on Nakhon Ratchasima Pak Thong Chai Road. The zoo extends over more than 200 acres and houses a large variety of Asian mammals, reptiles and bird, kept in largely natural surroundings. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-4.30 p.m.

Khao Yai National Park

The first national park in Thailand, opened in 1962, and still one of the best, Khao Yai has been named a World Heritage Site because of its variety of flora and fauna. It covers an area of 2,168 sq. km. in the Dong Rak mountain range and spreads over four provinces; Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi and Prachin Buri, forming a divide between the Central and the Northeast regions. The main access is via Pak Chong, 87 km. southwest of Nakhon Ratchasima's provincial capital.

The habitats of Khao Yai range from mixed forests to rainforests and Grassland, while there are several mountains with peaks between 800 and 3,000 metres above sea level, as well as many splendid waterfalls. In addition to a wealth of flora, the park is home to at least 25 species of larger mammals, including elephants, tigers, leopard, Asiatic black bears, Malayan sun bears, barking deer and sambar deer. Also, more than 300 species of birds have been spotted, while butterflies are numerous. To experience nature close up, there is a score of trekking trails. For more information, please contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department TeI. 0 2562 0760 or contact the park office at P.O. Box 9, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130.

Wat Thep Phithak Punnaram

Located at Khao Si Siat A, in Tambon Klang Dong, the temple houses a huge sitting Buddha image, 27-metres wide and 45- metres high, sited majestically on a mountaintop and reached by a flight of 1,250 steps, signifying the number of monks that gathered spontaneously to hear the Lord Buddha's sermon, the occasion being celebrated on Magha Puja Day.

Tham Khao Chan Ngam

Located 58 km. southwest of Nakhon Ratchasima, off Highway 2, the cave (actually a series of rock formations) is famous for its prehistoric rock paintings, with figures of people and animals drawn in coarse red paint. It is believed that an agrarian community inhabited the area some 3,000-4,000 years ago.

Mueang Sema Historical Site

In Tambon Sema, 37 km. from the provincial capital, this is the site of an ancient city, evidenced by moats and earthen walls, which was built in the 7th century and flourished during the Dvaravati period, later coming under Khmer influence. In the area are ruins made of laterite and sandstone and many artefacts have been unearthed here, including a splendid reclining sandstone Buddha image that is now enshrined in Wat Thammachak Semaram.

Wat Ban Rai

The temple, in Tambon Kut Phiman, about 60 km. from the city, is famous as the residence of the revered monk, Luang Pho Khun Parisuttho.

Wat Na Phrathat

Located 4 km. from Pak Thong Chai district office, this old temple was probably built during the reign of King Rama III (1824-51) and is most noteworthy for the early Rattanakosin-period mural paintings that adorn the four walls of the main chapel, and for its elaborately decorated scripture repository.

Khuean Lam Phra Phloeng

Lying some 30 km, southwest of Pak Thong Chai district office, the dam is a recreation area where travelers can take boat trips to scenic waterfalls. For information, please contact the Lam Phra Phloeng Water Supply and Maintenance Project.
TeI. 0 4437 3184 ext. 114.

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station

This is a research centre for plant species in the northeastern jungles and is open to groups interested in organising eco-tours. It is situated beside Highway 304 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri) 57 km. from the city. The site covers about 78 sq. km. of mainly dry jungle and hardwood forest where the wildlife includes wild boars, pheasants and a variety of other birds. There are several nature study trails affording walks of between 1 to 3 hours. Tel. 0 4425 8642

Dan Kwian Ceramics Village

This village, 15 km. from the city on Highway 224 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Chok Chai), is famous for its tradition of potterymaking using clay from the banks of the Mun River. The village is also fascinating for its collection of ancient carts and farm implements.

Ban Prasat Archaeological Site

Located some 45 km. from the provincial capital on Nakhon Ratchasima-Phimai Road, this is the second prehistoric archaeological site (after Ban Chiang in Udon Thani Province) to be established as an outdoor museum. Findings, including human skeletons and pottery, indicate habitation dating back more than 3,000 years. Today, three excavation pits have been landscaped and opened to the public.

Ban Prasat Archaeological Site

 

Agro- tourism Destinations

Several centres related to agricultural production are open to the public to offer opportunities for special interest agro-tours. Among the top options are: The Nat ional Maize and Wheat Research Centre (Suwan Farm) Tel: 0 4436 1770-4 in Tambon Klang Dong, Amphoe Pak Chong; Chok Chai Farm Tel: 0 4436 1173 ext. 116, one of the largest dairy farms in Asia located on Mittraphap-Pak Chong Road at Km. 159; Mueang Phon Flower Garden TeI: 0 4432 3263 on Highway 2 about 60 km. from the city; and Grape Farms which can be found throughout Nakhon Ratchasima, particularly in Amphoe Pak Thong Chai and Amphoe Pak Chong.

 

Special events in
Nakhon Ratchasima

Thao Suranari Memorial Fair

23 March - 3 April
Held in honour of the heroine Khunying Mo, the fair features arts and culture, shops and exhibitions.

Phimai Festival

2nd Week of November
Highlights of the event include long boat races between teams from Phimai and neighbouring districts, cultural performances, religious processions, and a light-and-sound presentation at Phimai Historical Park.

 

Shopping in
Nakhon Ratchasima

Best buys are earthenware products from Dan Kwian earthenware, silk and Mut Mi silk from Pak Thong Chai.

 

Accommodation in
Nakhon Ratchasima

Nakhon Ratchasima offers a full range of accommodation in all price categories. A comprehensive list of hotels may be obtained from the Tourism Authority of Thailand at 2102-2104 Mittraphap Road, Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000
Tel. 0 4421 3666, 0 442 1 3030 Fax. 0 4421 3667.

 

 

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