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

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Nakhon Ratchasima Attractions
Monuments
Miss Boonlua Memorial
Location : Mueang District
Miss Boonlua Memorial was built to commemorate the heroic deed of Miss Boonlua and the people of Nakhon Ratchasima who died in the battle of Thung Samrit in 1826 by tossing lighted coal bundles into wagon carrying gunpowder of the Lao army and totally destroying it. The explosion killed Miss Bunlua. The monument is made of bronze and is 175 centimeters high.

How to get there: Miss Boonlua Memorial is located in Boonlua Witthayanuson School about 12 kilometers from the city on the highway Nakhon Ratchasima - Chaiyaphum.
Thao Suranari Monument
Location : Mueang District
Thao Suranari Monument
Thao Suranari Monument
Thao Suranari is one of the great heroines who left a mark in Thai history. Thao Suranari was originally Khun Ying Mo, the wife of the assistant governor of Nakhon Ratchasima. In 1826, Chao Anuwong of Vientiane had Khorat under siege but Khunying Mo rallied villagers to fight against Chao Anuwong. After the battle was over, King Rama III promoted her to Thao Suranari. The monument of Thao Suranari was erected in 1934 1934 to commemorate the heroic deed of Thao Suranari or Khun Ying Mo which is situated in front of the old gate of " Pratu Chumpon" on the west side of the city. Every year from March 23 to April 3, there will be a festival to remind people of her bravery, locals will sing Khorat songs and other traditional folk music to celebrate, and lots of people from all over the country will visit the monument, pay homage and ask for blessings.
Museums
Maha Wirawong National Museum
Location : Mueang District
Maha Wirawong National Museum is the museum to collect and exhibit ancient items of Somdet Phra Maha Wirawong, the ex-abbot of Wat Sutthachinda as well as artefacts that the Fine Arts Department found in Nakhon Ratchasima and nearby provinces and donations. Most items are Buddha images, including stone images of the Khmer period, images from the Ayutthaya period, bronze images, earthenware, ancient utensils, and woodcarving. The museum is located in Wat Suthachinda which is opposite the provincial hall.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Admission : Thai 10 Baht for adult and Foreigner 20 Baht for adult (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4424 2958
Petrified Woods Museum
Location : Mueang District
Petrified Woods Museum
Petrified Woods Museum
This is the first Petrified Woods Museum in Thailand and one out of seven in the world cover an area 320 acres land. The museum was officially open on October 29th, 2008. Queen Sirindhorn was the president of an opening ceremony. It exhibits a collection of large pieces of petrified wood of approximately 800,000 - 320 million years old, video presentation on the Origin of the Earth and Evolution of Life, and petrified wood garden that imitates the topography of the Mun - Chi basins. There is also a museum of 8 out of 42 genera of primitive elephants found around the world, which include Gomphothere, Deinothere, and Shovel-tusked Gomphothere (aged approximately 16 - 5 million years ago), as well as fossils of various animals like giant turtle, gharial, and ape (new species of the world).

How to get there: Take Highway No. 304 (Nakhon Ratchasima - Pak Thong Chai Road) for 16 kilometers, turn right at KM. 121 into the Suranari University of Technology (Gate 2) for 2 kilometers and turn left into the Mittraphap - Nong Pling city bypass for another 1 kilometer.
Opening Hours : Tue - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Admission : Thai 30 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child
  Foreigner 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child
  (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4437 0739
Rajhabat Nakhon Ratchasima University’s Cultural Centre
Location : Mueang District
Rajhabat Nakhon Ratchasima University’s Cultural Centre is the place to collect and kept the historical information and also displays ancient tools and artefacts that used to study Khorat and northeastern people’s way of life in the past. It is situated on Suranarai Road, inside there are a two-story wooden house and Khorat House by divided into sections to exhibition such as Khorat city, ancient documents, local occupation, Isan fabrics, Khorat goods, Music, and Khorat people.
Opening Hours : Mon - Fri 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4425 3097
Ban Pra Sat Museum and Archaeological Site
Location : Non Sung District
Ban Pra Sat Museum and Archaeological Site
Ban Pra Sat Museum and Archaeological Site
Ban Pra Sat is the second archaeological site next to Ban Chiang that was established as a site museum. According to archaeological finds, Ban Pra Sat is created dating back some 1,500 - 3,000 years follow in evidence of the Dvaravati and Ancient Khmer cultures. Ban Pra Sat have 3 excavation pits that are open to the public; namely

Excavation Pit 1: Skeletons were unearthed in each cultural layer, each with a different burial pattern. In the deepest layer, which is 5.5 meters deep and dates back 3,000 years, the skeletons lie with the heads pointing to the southeast. In the 2,500-year-old layer, the heads of the skeletons point to the east whereas in the 2,000-year-old layer, the heads point to the south.

Excavation Pit 2: Traces of a place of worship of the 8th -11th century called “Ku Than Prasat” were discovered in the upper deposits, as well as head of a Buddha image from the same period featuring the folk school of the Dvaravati art. A half-body earthen figure looking like a pregnant woman was also found together with architectural fragments of stucco-reliefs.

Excavation Pit 3: Headless woman skeletons were found buried at the depth of 5.5 meters together with smashed broken pottery. They were assumed to be executed women whose heads were taken for public humiliation. Their skulls were found buried together only 500 meters away.

How to get there: To visit Ban Pra Sat Museum and Archaeological Site, reach the Highway No.2 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Khon Kaen) for 44 kilometers, and turn right for another one kilometer. A bus from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima, or Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, and Kalasin are also preferable.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4436 7075
Phimai National Museum
Location : Phimai District
Phimai National Museum is the place to keeps of archaeological artifacts especially those found in the lower part of the region and exhibits the past cultural prosperity of the Northeast. Inside the museum including three sections as follows:

First Section: Located at the upper floor, displaying the society development of the lower part of Isan, its culture civilization base on the local believes which together with the outside influential culture that has impacted upon since pre-historic period tell the present day.

Second Section: Located at the lower floor, displaying the ancient artifacts of Khmer cultural influence in the lower part of Isan.

Third Section: This exhibited hall displays the ancient artifacts of sandstone sculptures such as the columns, miniature castles, parts of buildings and many other items. Moreover, many of temple boundary markers (heart-shaped stone) and exquisite lintels can be admired around the museum.

How to get there: From Nakhon Ratchasima takes Highway No. 2 for 50 kilometers, then turn on Highway No. 206 and proceed for 10 kilometers. Phimai National Museum is located at the base of Tha Songkran Bridge just before Phimai sanctuary.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Admission : Thai 20 Baht and Foreigner 100 Baht
(Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4447 1167
Khao Yai Art Museum
Location : Pak Chong District
Khao Yai Art Museum
Khao Yai Art Museum
Khao Yai Art Museum is exhibited the art of Mr. Pongchai Chindasook and other artists on place comprises of the gallery with space of more than 1,700 sq.m. The aim of Khao Yai Art Museum is to provide art area for exhibiting contemporary art created by Thailand’s leading artists for the public. The works exhibited both in the gallery and sculptural garden available for tourists and public will be served as art learning center which will develop attitude and perception while enhancing taste and encouraging interest in art. They are decorated with the masterpiece of art. The place is surrounded by mountain ranges of Khao Yai National Park, one of the top green areas in the world.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Admission : Free Admission
Contact : Tel. 0 4475 6060-6
Market
Khao Yai Floating Market
Location : Pak Chong District
Khao Yai Floating Market is a vintage market with divided into two zones are floating market zone and flower zone. The flower zone will offer a beautiful view of the mountain cover with yellow flower tourist can see this view year round. Moreover there is mini zoo there were lots of "farm animals" like deer, horses, sheep, bunnies, etc. Visitors can buy animal food to feed these animals.
Opening Hours : Daily 10:00 am. - 08:00 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 1399 5555
Public Parks
Bung Ta Lua Water Park
Location : Mueang District
Bung Ta Lua Water Park is located in front of military camp, organized and maintained by military. The areas belong to military and since many years back the area developed to be a park for public. Inside the park there is a big lake in central of the park and the good place for running, cycling or walking which there are paths all the way around the lake for different types of activity.
Sai Ngam
Location :  Phimai District
This is a unique attraction with the abundance of banyan trees here, all originating from a single tree, which is about 350 years now. Sai Ngam or it means beautiful banyan trees in English language, situated on the bank of the Moon River near Phimai Dam. Cross Tha Songkran Bridge into the town and take a branch road to the dam for 2 kilometers. Inside the area people will enjoy and relaxing with beautiful of a huge banyan trees.
National Park
Khao Yai National Park
Location : Pak Chong District
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai or “Big Mountain” is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, as well as pure beautiful nature. Khao Yai National Park was established as the first national park of Thailand in 1962. The national park covers a total area of 2,165.55 square kilometers in the four provinces of Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima and Saraburi. Consisting of large forested areas, scenic beauty and biological diversity, Khao Yai National Park, together with other protected areas within the Dong Phaya Yen mountain range, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Geography of Khao Yai is a complex of mountain range dominates most areas of the park and has the highest peak towering is Khao Rom with high 1,351 meters above sea level. The region is the source of five main rivers, the Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Lam Ta Khong, Lam Phra Phloeng and Muak Lek stream.

There are many kinds of forest within the Park, comprising mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, moist evergreen forest, hill evergreen forest, deciduous dipterocarp forest, and savannah. The forests provide a natural habitat for a large number of wild animals. The most frequently seen animals are common barking deer, deer and elephants.

The most popular time to visit Khao Yai is during the cool season or from October to February. In the rainy season, the area is refreshingly green with overflowing waterfalls, sending echoes all around.

Popular activities in the park include butterfly and bird watching, animal watching and trekking. And the place must see such as Haew Suwat Waterfall, Haew Narok Waterfall, Nang Rong and Sarika Waterfall.

How to get there: Khao Yai National Park is a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. Motorists can head north via Phaholyothin Highway to Hin Kong, Saraburi. Then, turn right onto Highway 305 to Prachin Buri and then left to Khao Yai National Park. The distance of this route is 190 kilometers. Alternative route, you can take the Phaholyothin Highway to Rangsit, turn right onto Highway 305 to Nakhon Nayok. Drive to Highway 33 to Noen Hom intersection, then turn left to Khao Yai National Park. The distance of this route is 160 kilometers.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Thai 40 Baht for adult and 20 Baht for child, Foreigner 400 Baht for adult and 200 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 6092 6527
Hotels : Hotels in Khao Yai
Tourist Attractions:
Natural Attractions
Jim Thompson Farm
Location : Pak Thong Chai District
Jim Thompson Farm
Jim Thompson Farm
The Jim Thompson Farm was opened to the public for the first time in 2001 and has since evolved into one of Isan’s most popular agro tourism and ecotourism attractions. Jim Thompson Farm opens annually during December to the beginning of January which is the peak of the cool season. Jim Thompson Farm provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe up close and personal the full life cycle of the silkworms and the silk farming process as part of the Isan way of life. Other highlights include a tour of the vegetable plots and ornamental plant nursery. A great variety of delicious fresh fruits and organically-grown vegetables come into season at this time of year. In addition to cut flowers and ornamental plants, a selection of fresh, high quality, organic vegetables and fruits and wholesome farm-made snack foods are also available on sale at the farm.

How to get there: From Nakhon Ratchasima City take route No.304 to Pak Thong Chai District about 32 kilometers. And then will be reach intersection turn right onto route No. 2421 about 19 kilometers and turn right onto route No. 2072 about 1.4 kilometers Jim Thompson Farm will be on the right.
Opening Hours : Daily 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission : Monday - Friday, 150 Baht for adult and 100 Baht for child
  Saturday - Sunday, 180 Baht for adult and 140 Baht for child
  (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 2762 2566, 08 5660 7336
Lam Phra Phloeng Dam
Location : Pak Thong Chai District
Lam Phra Phloeng Dam
Lam Phra Phloeng Dam
Lam Phra Phloeng is a large dam mostly local people will come here to enjoy and relax with beautiful scenery of the reservoir. Lam Phra Phloeng Dam operated under the Royal Irrigation Department.

How to get there: Taking Highway No.304 past the district for 4 kilometers then turn right and drive for 28 kilometers.
Wa Phukaew Waterfall
Location : Sung Noen District
Wa Phukaew is a small waterfall which water comes from Khao Yai Mountain. The water flows through flat cliffs. It is suitable for sitting or lying down and let the water flows through you. The best time to visit this place during rainy season since there is no water in other seasons.

How to get there: Wa Phu Kaew Waterfall is located in Makluamai Sub-district. From Bangkok, use Mittraphab Road, drive through Lamtaklong and Seekiew District. After passing Wat Luang Poo To Phrommarangsee for about 3 kilometers, you will see Baan Makluamai School. U-turn and go straight for 3.5 kilometers. At the intersection of the Public Highway No. 24, turn left to Makluamai-Wa Phukaew Waterfall Route and continue driving for about 15 kilometers.
Lam Takhong Dam
Location : Sikhio District
Lam Takhong Dam
Lam Takhong Dam
Lam Takhong dam is an earth-filed dam across the Lam Takhong River that flows through a crevasse. Built in 1974, its primary purpose is to divert water from above the dam for irrigation. The place is suitable for winter relaxation. Famous for its beautiful scenery, visitors are allowed to walk on the dam to enjoy the view of the reservoir with the fantastic background of mountains.

How to get there: Lam Takhong Dam is at Lat Bua Khao Sub-district, around 62 kilometers from the city. A road branches of Highway No. 2 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Saraburi) at Km. 193-194 and drive for about 2 kilometers.
Jomthong Beach
Location : Khon Buri District
Jomthong Beach is one of relaxing place of local people in Nakhon Rachasima located at the back area of Lam Mun Bon dam close to Kao Jomthong, Jorakaehin Sub-district, Karaburi District. The width of the beach from the water line is approximately 80 meters while the length is around 800 meters. This place tourist can swim and enjoy with there are many activities such as Jet Ski, Banana boat and also there are many restaurants in around the beach.
Wang Tao Waterfall
Location : Khon Buri District
Wang Tao Waterfall is located in the area of Wang Sae Dam, Mab Grad Village, Kok Krachai Sub-District, Khon Buri District which is administered by Thub Lan National Park. This is important waterfall because it is water source of 3 rivers or what people call “Sam Ngam”.

The first river route: “Thon Nam Moon”, the water source of Nam Don Islet, Wang Tham Waterfall, Wang Manao Waterfall, Moon Bon Dam, and Jom Thong Beach. It is also the location to watch rare birds.

The second river route: “Thon Nam Lam Sae”, the water source of Wang Pai, Sub Ped, Wang Pae, Wang Sai, Wang Tao, and Lam Sae Dam.

The third river route: “Thon Kamnerd Lam Mard”, the water source of Lam Mard Dam.
Khao Pu Luang Ecotourism Centre
Location : Wang Nam Khiao District
Khao Pu Luang Ecotourism Centre is the new destination for nature lover who seek new experience to hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping and cycling. It is spread across 66,300 acres of dry forest area and over 40 kilometers of mountain range located in Baan Klong Somboon, Ra-rerng Sub-District, Wang Nam Khiao District. Khao Pu Luang Ecotourism Centre has an information office with staff on standby. For those who are interested, the centre is open for all kinds of nature educational courses as well as providing accommodation, both tent and houses, and edutainment activities. There are several exciting activities Khao Pu Luang Ecotourism Centre provides ranging from hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping and cycling. Visitors have an option of going hiking on the Zoe Mountain and enjoy captivating scenery of the well reserved forest. The centre has got its own reservoir where visitors can either go canoeing or go fishing while having the opportunity to do bird watching at the same time. It is the most popular activity among tourists.

How to get there:
By Car:
1.Take Mitraparb Rd. (Highway No.2) from Nakhon Ratchasima or Bangkok - Saraburi -Nakorn Ratchasima, heading towards Highway No. 24 at the District of Sri Kiw in Nakhon Ratchasima. Look out for significant landmarks including Tor Mai Restaurant or Baan Maklua Mai, Baan Nong Plong, Baan Sai Ngarm and Baan Khlong Somboon. An alternative is to start off from Pak Chong along Highway 2235 through Baan Khlong Muang and towards Baan Sai Ngarm.

2.Take Highway No. 304 Nakhon Ratchasima - Paktongchai-Wang Nam Kiew and turn on to Highway No.2072 which takes you into the District of Pakthongchai. Continue pass Baan Takop, Baan Nong Plong and Baan Sai Ngarm or pass through all these Sub-Districts and head towards Wang Nam Kiew then turn onto Highway No. 2235 which is right before Wang Nam Kiew City Hall.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 08 7256 7507, 08 7869 0491
Khao Phaeng Ma Non-Hunting Area
Location : Wang Nam Khiao District
Khao Phaeng Ma Non-Hunting Area
Khao Phaeng Ma Non-Hunting Area
Khao Phaeng Ma in the past, there is a fertile forest (the same forest as Dongpayayen forest). However, there are few big trees now because of forest fire in dry season. Nowadays, if you come here, you will see a lot of Cogon grass covering the land. Villagers call this place “Volcano forest”. It is situated between Khaoyai national park (Khao Phaeng Ma is in the northeast) and Tup Lan national park (Khao Phaeng Ma is in the east).

Khao Phaeng Ma bulls, endangered animals in big wild cow species, live in thick forest at noon and come to grass field to find food in the evening. These are preserved animals that are hardly to find but you can find it here. You can come to see the bulls all the year. The time when they come out to find food is in the evening. In the rainy season, they will come as a group.

How to get there: Khao Phaeng Ma is located in the south of Nakhon Ratchasima. You can use highway number 304 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabinburi) to go there. Total distance is around 79 km. When you reach the market in milestone number 79, turn right to Sarnjaopor-Nongkhum road for 11 km. The last 4 km. is the road to go up to the hill.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 04:30 pm.
Admission : Thai 20 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 09 8919 0257
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Location : Pak Chong District
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Haew Suwat Waterfall
Haew Suwat is one of famous waterfall in Khao Yai National Park it is a large waterfall with cascades from a 20-meters high cliff. Traveler can see beautiful waterfall from a distant viewpoint that offers a high-angle view of the waterfall through the trees or from the waterfall itself. However, please note that in the rainy season the water flows rapidly and caution should be taken.

How to get there: The waterfall, which is located at the end of Thanarat Road and being accessible by car, is only 100 meters by foot from the parking lot or a 3-kilometer walk from PhaKluai Mai Waterfall.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Hotels : Khao Yai Hotels
Khao Kieow Viewpoint
Location : Pak Chong District
Khao Kieow Viewpoint or Pha Trom Chai offers great views of the mountain range and scenery of Prachinburi Province, it situated about 1 kilometer from Pha Deaw Dai Viewpoint. Khao Kieow is a high mountain with 1,200 meters above sea level and cold here all the year round.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Kong Kaeo Waterfall
Location : Pak Chong District
Kong Kaeo Waterfall is a small waterfall but very beautiful in during rainy season. It is only 100 meters from Headquarters of Khao Yai National Park. Visitors can enjoy swimming at the waterfall or taking short nature trips on nearby nature trails.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Magic Cave Land
Location : Pak Chong District
Magic Cave Land or Kaeo Saraphat Nuek Cave is believed to be sacred and used to be a residence of several revered monks; such as, Luangpu Dun Atulo, Luangpu Chot Khunasampanno, and Luangpho Phoem Barami. The Lu Prasong Foundation cooperated with Wat Tham Trai Rat to improve and develop the cave and divided it into 5 major zones; namely,

Zone 1: The entrance to the cave is called “Tham Kaeo Saraphat Nuek” or “Magic Crystal Cave” houses hundreds-year-old golden Buddha images.

Zone 2: “Tham Phra Phut” or “Buddha Cave” It is a big hall contains many Buddha images for tourist to pay respect and wish for luck.

Zone 3: “Khrong Kraduk Phra Ruesi” or “Hermit’s Skeleton Cave” Due to the fact that it is the area for the best air and atmosphere, this zone is used as a living area for hermit.

Zone 4: “Pratu Mangkon” or “Dragon Gate” Those who walk through are believed to be blessed. On the lotus-shape stone stands Buddha image.

Zone 5: “Phiphitthaphan Hin and Rong Phapphayon Tham” or “Rock Museum and Cave Theatre” it is also used as Dharma school opened to public.

How to get there: Magic Cave Land is located in Wat Tham Trai Rat, at KM. 161, Mittraphap Road, Nong Nam Daeng Sub-district, Pak Chong District.
Mo Singto Watchtower
Location : Pak Chong District
Mo Singto Watchtower is located near the Mo Singto Reservoir it is a nice place to view wildlife. Around this place are grassland and salt lick and the tower is 500 meters away from Headquarters of Khao Yai National Park.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Nam Phut Natural Spring
Nam Phut Natural Spring
Nam Phut Natural Spring
Location : Pak Chong District
Nam Phut (Thai Word) is natural water spring up from the underground becomes a stream that flows down to irrigate orchards. The water of Nam Phut Natural Spring is emerald color crystal and there is lot water in rainy season. This place you can swimming and relaxing which tourists a lot on weekend and long weekend and more quiet on weekday. This place there is a small parking area about 50 meters from natural spring and around parking there are many restaurants.
Nong Phak Chi Watchtower
Location : Pak Chong District
Nong Phak Chi Watchtower is a good spot for wildlife watching due to clear visibility 360 degrees there are good possibilities to se some mammals and birds in Khao Yai National Park. It is situated 2.5 kilometers north from the visitor center, next to a salt lick and Phak Chi Pond. The entrance is at km. 35-36 of Thanarat Road. You can walk 1 kilometer from the main road to reach the tower. The area is mainly grassland and makes hiking easier. Visitors are allowed up there between 8 am. and 6 pm.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Pha Deaw Dai Viewpoint
Location : Pak Chong District
Pha Deaw Dai is one of the most beautiful view points in the Khao Yai National Park. It is situated at KM. 9 which next to Khao Kieow Viewpoint, you can drive it up and walk about 200 meters to viewpoint.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall
Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall
Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall
Location : Pak Chong District
Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall is a middle height waterfall and around waterfall there are many Red Dendrobium orchids that is the symbol and the name of the waterfall. The water of Pha Kluai Mai Waterfall comes from Huay Lam Takhong with two separate bodies of water flowing down rock levels to merge at the bottom. The waterfall is about 7 kilometers from the park office and can be reached by car and on foot. In addition, there is camping and a trail from the waterfall that leads to Haew Suwat Waterfall.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Secret Art Garden
Location : Pak Chong District
Secret Art Garden
Secret Art Garden
If you love all things art, craft and garden, Secret Art Garden is one of the places that you must to visit. This place offers a variety of art activities suitable for both adults and children such as clay dolls painting, folk art painting, paper art and etc. Another must-see part of the Secret Art Garden is the Art Gallery, where you will see a huge collection of antique collectables and amazing Thai carved wood.

The Secret Art Garden in Pak Chong was created by owner Surindr and Uthisa Sonthirati over 30 years ago when the land was a barren empty space. He painstakingly took his time and converted this plot of 10 acre land to become one of Thailand's hidden secrets - The Secret Art Garden. This of course was done with passion and love from him and his family.

How to get there: Take along Mittraphap - Pak Chong Road and U-turn at KM. 43, about 350 meters turn left to highway number 2220, go straight about 2 kilometers and then turn left about 1.5 kilometers you will see the signpost to Secret Art Garden.
Opening Hours : Thu - Tue 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 1803 7103
Hotels : Hotels in Pak Chong Area
View Point at KM. 30
Location : Pak Chong District
View Point at KM. 30 is situated on Thanarat Road, tourists can see the great view over forested mountains reaches up to the green, habited valley in a far and misty distance.
Administered by : Khao Yai National Park
Chom Tawan Beach
Chom Tawan Beach
Chom Tawan Beach
Location : Soeng Sang District
Chom Tawan Beach is a large beach operated by Thap Lan National Park. The beach is developed as a tourist attraction and designed for locals to make a living, including reducing deforestation. The place offers magnificent viewpoint, fine dining, camping and other activities like boat trip for natural wonder sightseeing such as Wang Phee Sua (where a lot of butterflies can be seen in winter), Phra cave, Communist cave and gigantic Takhian Thong tree which is aged for a thousand years.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
Location : Mueang District
Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo
Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo is one of the most wonderful places for visiting in the Nakhon Ratchasima. It is the fourth out of five zoos under administration of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King Rama IX. It has been established since 1983 will be completely built and opened in 1996. The zoo has an area of 218 acres the enclosures are large and the zoo has landscaped each section so it matches the habit of each animal.

Most of the animals here are from Africa. Of note are penguins, seals, African elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, lions, zebras, and giraffes. There is also a reptile building and a hornbill garden. The zoo is ideal for biology study and relaxation. The area is decorated with lovely flowers. A trailer takes visitors around the zoo, and there are bicycles for rent. Beside, inside the Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, there sections called the Children Zoo.

The purpose of setting these sections is to provide children, youth or people the chance to have a close study about animal’s predicament. This setting, the hall type, is exhibited with various medias and technics , for examples the earth derivation in three dimensions model, the original and evolutional of lives, the birth of the humanity, the world of the eggs and the environment.

How to get there: Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo is 18 kilometers away from Nakhon Ratchasima City on Nakhon Ratchasima-Pak Thong Chai road (highway No. 304) then take a left onto Highway No. 2310 for approximately 1 kilometer.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Admission : Thai 100 Baht for adult and 20 Baht for child, Foreigner 150 Baht for adult and 70 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4493 4647
Scenical World
Location : Pak Chong District
Scenical World
Scenical World
Scenical World Khao Yai is the largest of themed park and Water Park in North East region of Thailand. Scenical World Khao Yai operated by The Scenical Group, which also owns The Greenery Resort Khao Yai and Botanica Khao Yai. Positioned as an all-in-one entertainment destination, Scenical World covers 79 Rai divided into three zones: the Greenery Park Mall, outdoor amusement park Life Park and Splash World water park.

How to get there:
By Car
Highway Drive Route. Using Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, drive past Don Mueang International Airport and connect to Phaholyothin Road (HWY 1) until Mitra Phab Intersection (Saraburi Province). Drive across the flyover to Mitra Phab Road (HWY 2) until Km 162, then keep left and take the flyover to Thanarat Road. Go straight until you reach Km 19.5. The resort is on the right side. The total distance is 190 kilometres and the estimated driving time from Bangkok is 2 hours.

By Bus
Ordinary buses leave the Northern and Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal) in Bangkok every day from 05.00 am. to 10.00 pm. For more information, call 0 2872 1777.

By Train
Trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station. Take the Northeastern railway to Pak Chong. : Call center: 1690

By Van
The van service is ready to service tourists at Victory Monument area, Bangkok. From the Victory Monument, take a five-minute walk approximately 400 meters in the direction to Din Daeng intersection. The van station to Pak Chong is in Soi Rajvithee 3, nearby Santiphab Park. It is available from 6:00 am. until 8:00 pm. Call Jam-nong Van 08 9616 1952, 08 9900 3097

Admission :
Scenical World Excite:   Child (Height 101 - 140 cm.) - 850 Baht
  Adults (Height over 141 cm.) - 1,250 Baht
  Senior (Age over 65) - 600 Baht
  Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) - 2,850 Baht
Scenical World Splash:   Child (Height 101 - 140 cm.) - 680 Baht
  Adults (Height over 141 cm.) - 890 Baht
  Senior (Age over 65) - 680 Baht
  Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) - 2,500 Baht
Scenical World Kids:   Child (Height 101 - 140 cm.) - 450 Baht
  Adults (Height over 141 cm.) - 550 Baht
  Senior (Age over 65) - 400 Baht
  Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) - 1,500 Baht
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Scenical World Splash:
  Child (Height 101 - 140 cm.) - 1,420 Baht
  Adults (Height over 141 cm.) - 2,000 Baht
  Senior (Age over 65) - 1,180 Baht
Opening Hours : Daily 10:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4400 4888
Thai Elephants Conservation Centre Khao Yai
Location : Pak Chong District
Thai Elephants Conservation Centre Khao Yai like a large home of elephants which everyday tourist will come to feed, elephant ride and learn of elephant life. The major problem of elephants in Thailand is exploitation of these wild animals specially the elephants working in the street in all major Thai cities. Often those elephants will be taken very young away from their natural habitat. Even if this practice is forbidden, police is facing with a huge problem, what to do with them. To not give money to feed those slaved wild animals is a start to clean up the streets. But you can do more by making a visit to the TERF in Khao Yai and enjoy an elephant ride, get informations about different conservation projects.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:30 am. - 05:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 04 4297 4076
Other Attractions
Tawee Ratchaneekorn Art Gallery
Location : Mueang District
Tawee Ratchaneekorn Art Gallery
Tawee Ratchaneekorn Art Gallery
This gallery was established by Tawee Ratchaneekorn who is National Artist, which an objective to display works of art by various artists comprising paintings, sculptures, as well as mixed media and techniques. Tawee Ratchaneekorn Art Gallery also offers activities for youth and students; such as, painting contest, and art discussion or lecture. There is a small building exhibiting a collection of drawings of mixed techniques on the first floor and a library of various books of art on the second floor.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 10:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4426 5877
Dan Kwian Pottery Village
Location : Chok Chai District
Dan Kwian Pottery is one of the most famous in Thailand with the uniqueness of Dan Kwian clay is its durability, pliability and rusty color, especially when it is combined with attractive designs. The village is located by the Mun River and used to be on a trade route between Nakhon Ratchasima and Cambodia in the Ayutthaya period. Long ago, members of the Kha ethnic minority group from the Mekong River basin noticed the potential value of the clay and taught the local people how to shape and fire it into all sorts of ceramic vessels, tiles and ornaments. Dan Kwian became an important stop for merchants who loaded up on ceramic wares to be sold for profit in Ayutthaya or the Khmer cities. In the present, the products have been developed into ornaments and home and garden decoration items, as well as exported abroad, thanks to the unique property of the soil that turns into a bronze colour when fired.

How to get there: Dan Kwian Pottery Village is approximately 15 kilometers from Nakhon Ratchasima along Highway 224 (Nakhon Ratchasima - Chok Chai Road).
Farm Chok Chai
Location : Pak Chong District
Farm Chok Chai
Farm Chok Chai
Farm Chok Chai where you can get a feel of farm life in the largest standard dairy cattle farm through seeing the real farm life. Farm Chok Chai is one of the oldest cattle ranch and legend of Cowboy in Thailand, developed over forty years ago by Chok Chai Ranch Group of Companies. Today Farm Chok Chai has grown with 5000 heads of cattle and 20,000 rai (8,000 acre) of land and be widely acknowledge as the biggest and most advanced dairy cattle operation in Asia. Beside the dairy farm, there are varieties of operation such as Canine, Avain,Thorughbred, Petting Zoo etc.

The tourist will get the real feel of the farm life by seeing and learning through a guided tour around the area to observe such as raw milk production, making fresh milk ice cream, seeing cowboy live shows, dogs rounding up sheep, dogs showing their skills, feeding animals and many other things. All theses are not just for show but a part of the real life of Farm Chok Chai.

How to get there: Farm Chok Chai is located between Km. 159-160 on the Mittraphap – Pak Chong Road.
Opening Hours : Tue - Fri 10:00 am. - 02:00 pm.
  Sat - Sun 10:00 am. - 02.40 pm.
Admission : Thai 150 Baht and Foreigner 300 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 2532 2846
Palio Khao Yai
Location : Pak Chong District
Palio Khao Yai
Palio Khao Yai
Palio Khao Yai is a unique as a market and walking street mall offers a range of 120 stores in an “Italian street”. There are small shops in antique Italian-styled architecture along the way, with various kinds of products; such as, decorative items, fashion clothes, accessories, stereos, souvenir shops, organic vegetables, drugstores, bookstores, food centre, etc. Palio Khao Yai offers the areas for relaxation and photographer as well; such as, small parks, fountains, multi-purpose open spaces for performances.

How to get there: Palio Khao Yai is located on Thanarat Road at KM.17 next to the Balios Resort Khaoyai
Opening Hours : Sun - Thu 08:30 am. - 09.00 pm.,
  Fri - Sat 08:30 am. - 10:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 4436 5899
P.B Valley Khao Yai Winery
Location : Pak Chong District
P.B Valley Khao Yai Winery
P.B Valley Khao Yai Winery
P.B. Valley Khao Yai Winery is one of the very first large scale and high professional wineries in the tropical country was established since 1989. The vineyard settles beautifully on a valley over 2,500 Rais (400 hectares / 1,000 acres), 350 to 380 maters above the sea level, guaranteeing a well-condition climate. The winery is spread out over 3,00 square mater, including a Barrique room housing genuine oak barrels made in France, each holding 255 liters. A total of 150,000 liters of wine, or the equivalent yields of 200,000 bottles, are natured there to mature every year. Visitors may observe the production process of excellent wine at the largest winery in Southeast Asia by Thailand’s first wine-maker and test diffrent kinds of P.B. Valley’s wine; such as, PB Khaoyai Reserve, Pirom Khaoyai Reserve, Sawasdee Khao Yai, and various grape products.

How to get there: PB Valley Khao Yai Winery is located at 102 Moo 5, Phan Suek - Kut Khla Road (a shortcut that links to Khao Yai National Park and Wang Nam Khiao District), Phaya Yen Sub-district, Pak Chong District. You will see The Dairy Home Restaurant marks at the entrance of the road then drive on about 8 kilometers to reach a vineyard.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 08 1733 8783
Primo Piazza
Location : Pak Chong District
Primo Piazza
Primo Piazza
Primo Piazza Khaoyai paints an unforgettable impression of tranquility - a place where leisure harmonizes with nature. Stunning scenery, elegant Italian architecture, and cosy atmosphere make Primo Piazza a must-visit landmark in Khaoyai. Visitors spend rich memorable times exploring endearing souvenirs, and charming pets that will make each of their Primo Piazza experience truly unique and meaningful.
Opening Hours : Daily 09:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission : 100 Baht for adult and 50 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 4400 9900