Nakhon Ratchasima Attractions, Attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima, what to do in Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima Sightseeing

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Muang Khorat Muang Khorat
Location : Amphoe Sung Noen
Muang Khorat an ancient town of Khmer period, is located some 32 kilometres southwest of Nakhon Ratchasima on the way to Amphoe Sung Noen with 3 kilometres right turn at Wat Yan Sophit Wanaram The ruins comprise Prasat Hin Non ku Prasat Hin Muang Khaek and Prasat Hin Muang Kao which have been already restored by the Fine Arts Department. Location : Amphoe Sung Noen
Muang Sema is located at Tambon Sema, 4 kilometres away from Sung Noen Market. It is also the deserted town of oval shape, 1400 metres wide and 2,000 metres long, surrounded by laterite wall. A lot of artifacts were found in the excavation. These include an 11.7 metre long sandstone reclining Buddha Image in Wat Thammachak Semaram and pieces of ancient sema stones (that mark the sacred area of a Buddhist temple). It is believed that the town was built in Dvaravati period.
Prang Ku
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Prang Ku is located at Wat Ban Ku in Tambon Dan Tanin, 74 kms. Away from Nakhon Ratchasima. The ancient Khmer style spire of square-shape foundation piled up to the top with sandstone houses an earthen Buddha image.
Prasat Pha Kho
Location : Amphoe Chok Chai
This ancient Khmer sanctuary and Hindu religious place constructed of white sandstone originally had 3 buildings of which only 2 remain today. The site is surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped moat and has an entrance to the east. A lintel dated from around the 11th century influenced by the Baphuon culture of ancient Khmer was found here. This lintel is currently housed in the Phimai National Museum.The sanctuary is located at tambon Krathok. From the city take Highway No. 224 for 29 kilometres and continue on to Highway No. 2071 for 3 kilometres. The site is on the right. Prasat Nang Ram Location : Amphoe Phimai
Prasat Nang Ram is located 79 kilometres far from town on the route No. 2 It can be reached by driving 62 kilometres to the crossroads of Ban Wat, then touring right along the highway No. 207 for 22 kms. To Ban Nang Ram and finally turning left with traveling further for 4 kilometres. Prasat Nang Ram was built in Khmer style during the 12th century to be a nursing place. The sanctuary consists of the main stupa an vihara surrounded by laterite walls. Outside the wall, there is a pond lined with stepped laterite. Far away 80 metres, surrounded by laterite walls and the U-shaped pond are other three stupas assumed to be the residence of medical men. Location : Amphoe Mueang
Prasat Hin Phanom Wan is located 20 kilometres from town. It can be reached by following Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen Highway; then turning right at kilometre 14-15 and traveling on for 5 kilometres. This religious place was constructed in the 12th century. Its Khmer style resembles Prasat Hin Phimai but its size is smaller. Its main stupa facing the east was built of sandstone an connected the Mandapa by a square path of 25.5 metre length and 10.20 metre width. The Prasat is surrounded by laterite wall and has Gopuras (entrances) from four directions. Outside the walls, there are a lot of ponds. The Phimai Historical Park Location : Amphoe Phimai
The Phimai Historical Park Dotted about Phimai is located 60 km northeast of Nakhon Ratchasima. It is one of the most important Khmer temples in Thailand. Most buildings were presumably built in the late 11th to late 12th century with Baphuon, Bayon and Angkor Wat style. The stone castle is located in the centre of Phimai Ancient City which is 665 metres wide and 1,030 metres long. It was built to worship both Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism. The external lintels including pediments depict Hinduism, such as the carvings of Ramayana story, figures of Hindu Gods such as Shiva and Vishnu while the internal lintels depict religious art of Mahayana Buddhism. This site faces south as it is the direction of Ankor Wat while other Khmer sites face east.

Opening Hours: opens every day from 07.30 - 06.00 hrs.
Admission: 40 Baht for foreigners and 10 Baht for Thai citizen
How to get there: take Highway No.2 from Nakhon Ratchasima town centre, pass Prasat Hin Phanom Wan on your left. Continue for 51 km until the traffic light, turn right to Highway No.206 towards Amphoe Phimai and continue for 12 km to Phimai Historical Park. Wat Ban Rai
Location : Amphoe Dan Khun Thot
Wat Ban Rai is located at Tambon Kut Phiman. Take Mittraphap Rd. for 60 kms. To Dan Khun Thot, then take highway No. 2217 for 10 kms. Wat Ban Rai is a famous monastery where Luang Pho Khun Porisutho, the well know monk live. Wat Na Phra That Location : Amphoe Pak Thong Chai
Wat Na Phra That is located at Ban Takhu only 4 kilometres from the Pak Thong Chai district office on highway No. 2238. There is an old chapel in which beautiful mural paintings of the Early Rattanakosin period can be seen on the walls. The door of "Ho Trai" or the hall for keeping the scripture is also elaborately carved.
Wat Phra Narai Maharat
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Rhra Narai Maharat on Prachak Road houses an image of Narayana (Hindu God) made of sand stone. The statue is considered the major sacred object of the city. THE CITY PILLAR is also enshrined in this temple.
Wat Pa Salawan
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Pa Salawan is located behind Nakhon Ratchasima Railway Station. This monastery houses the relics of Acharn Man, Acharn Tim, and Acharn Sao, three holy well known Buddhist monks of Thailand.
Wat Prang sida
Wat Sala Loi Location : Amphoe Prathai
Prang Sida is similar to Prang Ku at Tambon Don Tanin, but this pagoda is closed on all 4 sides. It was a Brahman religious site, dated from around the 12th-13th Buddhist centuries, that was constructed entirely of laterite in the ancient Khmer style with sculpted plaster designs facing the east and an outer wall surrounding the site. From the Khorat city, take Highway No. 2 for about 84 kilometres to Sida intersection and turn right onto Highway No. 202 (to Amphoe Prathai) for about 1.5 kilometres, then take a left and proceed for about 2 kilometres to the temple.
Wat Sala Loi
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Wat Sala Loi Is located on the bank of Lam Takhong River about 500 metres off the side-road to Northeast of the town. The main chapel, which received many awards from various architectural associations as a modern leading design of religious monument, is constructed in the shape of Chinese Junk. Archaeological Ste At Ban Prasat Archaeological Ste At Ban Prasat
Location : Amphoe Non Sung
Archaeological site at Ban Prasat is located at ban Prasat Tai, Mu 7, Tambon Than Prasat, Amphoe Non Sang, 45 kms. Far from Nakhon Ratchasima on the Nakhon Ratchasima-Phimai route with a 2 km. left turn. There are 2 excavating sites, each with 3 pits, with the following discoveries: At the depth of 3.50-4.50 metres, lie human skeletons and various kinds of artifact including an ancient weapon shaped like a discus made of white marble-like stone, huge animal bones, ornaments made of animal bones and shells, and an ancient axe-like weapon. The discoveries in this layer are believed to be of pre-historic period, about 3,000 years ago. At the depth of 2.30-3.0 metres, ancient bronze weapons such as a sharp lance-like weapon, stone beads of many strange colors, red and black painted pottery with incised decoration, as well as golden wrist and ankle bracelets believed to be of Dvaravati period (1,600-,800) years ago) have been unearthed. At the depth of 1.50-2.0 metres, the discoveries include a kiln and color glazed pottery of mixed Khmer and modern styles, containers similar to those of modern time, as well as swords and weapons like those of contemporary period. They can be dated back to at least 600 years ago up to now. According to an exploration by the Division of Archaeology back in 1977, Ban Prasat is an enclose site of an irregular shape with surrounding moat and mound measuring 700 x 450 metres. The area slopes southwards with its highest point rising some 4 metres from the surrounding rice fields. The site is believed to be an agricultural community of pre-historic period in the southern Northeast with its own typical civilization differing from that of Ban Chiang, Changwat Udon Thani, which dated back some 500-1,000 years younger. Location : Amphoe Mueang
Maha Weerawong National Museum opposite to the City Hall, exhibits various arts objects and artifacts donated to Somdet Maha Weerawong, e.g. sand stone Buddha images of Khmer and Ayutthaya period, Bronze Buddha images, different sizes ceramics and wood carvings from ancient monasteries. It is opened every day except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays. Location : Amphoe Pak Chong
Khao Yai National Park consists of high mountain range such as Khao Rom with its peak of 1,350 m above sea level, Khao Lam at 1,326 m, Khao Keaw at 1,292 m, Khao Sam Yod at 1,142 m, Khao Fah Pha at 1,078 meters and some others. The park covers vast grass field alternating with verdant forest. The landscape of the north and the east smoothly slope down, while the south and the west rise up high. The park is the source of 5 main rivers including Prachin Buri River, Nakhon Nayok River, Lam Ta Kong River, Phraphlerng River and Muak Lek River. Khao Yai is comprised of dry evergreen forests, dry deciduous forests, tropical evergreen forests, Hill Evergreen Forest and grassland. The park is teemed with wildlife including monkeys, over 320 species of birds, elephants, civets, squirrels, porcupines, wild pigs and many others.

During rainy season between May and October, the forest in Khao Yai becomes lush green with stunning waterfalls. Despite its high humidity, the beauty of the plants, flowers and fresh and clean air beckon tourists to experience it. The cold season is the most popular time to visit the Park as it has clear, sunny and cool weather, ideal for hiking and sunset watching. Summer is still not bad due to its dense forest which cools down the heat. The waterfalls may dry up during this season.

Address: P.O.Box 9, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130
Tel: 086 092 6529, 037 356 033, 044 249 305
How to get there: Take Highway No.1 to Saraburi Province then turn right onto Highway No.2 heading towards Pak Chong. Take Highway No.2060, continue for about 20 km to the entrance of the National Park. It can also be reached via Prachinburi route, take Highway No.305 to Nakhon Nayok and take Highway No.33 then turn left at Naresuan Ring Rd. to Highway No.3077, continue for approximately 10 km to the Park Office.
Hotels: Hotels in Pak Chong Area  Khao Chan Ngam Cave
Location : Amphoe Sikhio
Khao Chan Ngam Cave is located a Ban Loet Sawat 58 kilometres a way from Nakhon Ratchasima on Highway No. 2 with 4 kilometres left turn at km. 198. The cave is famous for pre-historic color paintings. Location : Amphoe Mueang
It is 13 kms. away from Nakhon Ratchasima on Nakhon Ratchasima-Pak Thong Chai road (highway No. 304). It is the fifth zoo of Thailand covers an area of 545 raise. It will be completely built in 1998. There are lot of interesting wildlife animals; for example, bison, hog deer, and animal of the antler kind, wild gibbon, jaguar, snake, wild cat, etc. Moreover, there are variety of different species of birds; for example, cassowaries birds from Africa, sarus crane, Thai and Indian peacocks, etc. The zoo open everyday from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm. without any charges.
Sai Ngam
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Miss Boonlua Memorial is located in Boonlua vidhyanusorn school, 12 kms. From the city on the highway to Chaiyaphum. The statue is to commemorate the heroic deed of miss Boonlua and the people of Nakhon Ratchasima who died in the battle of Thung Samrit in 1826. Lam Takhong Dam Lam Takhong Dam
Location : Amphoe Sikhio
Located on the edge of Friendship Highway (Mittraphap Road), forming a large reservoir with a capacity of 310 cubic metres of water, capable of helping a total of 238,000 rai of agricultural land, surrounded by and atmosphere of shady trees and beautiful views of nature, good to visit for recreation.
Lam Phra Phloeng Dam
Location : Amphoe Pak Thong Chai
It is situated in Pak Thong Chai District, some 28 kilometres from the main highway. From the dam, boats can also be hired for going another 23 kilometres up to the reservoir. Location : Amphoe Mueang
Miss Boonlua Memorial is located in Boonlua vidhyanusorn school, 12 kms. From the city on the highway to Chaiyaphum. The statue is to commemorate the heroic deed of miss Boonlua and the people of Nakhon Ratchasima who died in the battle of Thung Samrit in 1826. Location : Amphoe Mueang
The monument of Thao Suranari or Khun Ying Mo is situated in front of the old gate of " Pratu Chumpon" on the west side of the city. This monument was erected in 1934 to commemorate the heroic deed of Khun Ying Mo, wife of the Deputy Governor of Khorat during the reign of King Rama III, who managed to save the city from the invasion of the Laotian army led by Prince Anuwong of Vientian. Every year from March 23 to April 3, there is a celebration to honour this statue which draw thousands of people from town and neighboring provinces.
Haew Narok Waterfall
Location : Amphoe Pak Chong
Haew Narok Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. 3 cascades gush down in 90 degree angle. The top tier is 60 metres and flows down to second floor, third floor and to the ravine down below. The total height is more than 150 metres. The waterfall has rapid stream and high volume of water during rainy season.

How to get there: Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park.
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Location : Amphoe Pak Chong
Haew Suwat Waterfall originates from Huay Lam Takhong, flowing from high cliff of 25 metres to a basin underneath. During the dry season, when the water is low, visitors can walk to a small cave below the cliff of the waterfall.

How to get there: Take Highway No.2 (Mitraphab Road) from Saraburi town centre and head to Nakhon Ratchasima at km 144 marker. The distance is around 37.7 km. Take the most right lanes to make a u-turn then go straight and turn left. Go straight until seeing the National Park ticket office at the entrance of the park.

The waterfall is situated at the end of Thanarat Road inKhao Yai National Park and approximately 10 km from the National Park Office.