Nakhon Ratchasima otherwise known as Khorat, is the largest province in Thailand by has an area of around 20,494 square
kilometers and also is like the gateway to other provinces in the Northeast. Covering an area that is mainly plateaus
and mountainous terrain, Khorat has fascinating traditions, charming hospitality, splendid natural scenery and awesome
historical sites, including Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest national park and newest World Heritage site, and the Khmer
temple at Phimai, an important provincial capital of the Angkor Empire.
Nakhon Ratchasima has a long history especially Khmer culture was an important area for thousands of years, first as
the site of several ancient prehistoric communities and later as important outposts of the Dvaravati and Khmer Empires.
Ruins of both Dvaravati and Khmer temples are located across Khorat, particularly at Sung Noen District and Phimai
District, the latter one of the most important provincial capitals of the Angkorian Empire.
||: Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen
||: Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi and Sa Kaeo
||: Chaiyaphum, Saraburi and Lopburi
|Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
|Chaloem Phra Kiat
||Wang Nam Khiao
|Kham Thale So
||Dan Khun Thot
|Pak Thong Chai
|Phra Thong Kham
||Kaeng Sanam Nang
Festivals & Events
Thao Suranari Memorial Fair
: 23 March - 3 April
: Areas near the Suranaree Monument in front of Nakhon Ratchasima’s City Hall
One of the biggest fair in Nakhon Ratchasima is Thao Sranari Memorial Fair
which is held every year to celebration to commemorate the victory of Thao
Suranaree or Ya Mo, she was clever ruses helped fight off the armies of Lao
King, Chao Anouvong when he invaded Siam in 1826. In this year, the fair
there are the ceremonial lighting of an opening flame, firework displays,
a Ya Mo sports competition, beauty contests and singing competition, silk
making and drawing competitions, cat shows and cultural performances,
exhibitions and concerts from well-known artists.
Kin Khao Kham Festival and Sung Noen’s Products Fair
: Prasat Mueang Khaek
This festival was simply arranged for the first time in 1995 by preparing food
and eating together, with local performances. Later, it was improved to be more
concise and modern, with a Srijanasapura light and sound performance which is
about the local legend of Mueang Sung Noen, and adapted the eating style to be
the Khan Tok style.
Phimai Boat Races
: Phimai Historical Park
Phimai Boat Races is organized to promote tourism activities in the province’s
main tourist destination of Phimai Historical Park that is held in conjunction
with Phimai Boat Races. Activities include long boat racing, cultural performances,
religious processions, and a light-and-sound show.
Pak Chong Cowboy Festival
: November - December
: Pak Chong District
Pak Chong Cowboy City Countdown is held annually at Khaokan Park on Mittraphap
Road in Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima. The fair organize by Pak Chong
municipality. Visitors can enjoy western music from local artists, native
Indian and cowboy shows, a corn-eating competition, and cowboy merchandise.
On 31 December, visitors can participate in a countdown to New Year.
Pak Thong Chai Silk Festival and Khorat’s Products Fair
: 9 - 15 December
: Chalerm Phrakiat Park
There are many activities; such as, booths for distribution of silk at reasonable
prices, booths for distribution of various products from farmers’ housewives,
the queen of silk contest, fashion show, cheap local products distribution,
academic exhibitions, and demonstration of the silk making processes.