Tourism in Korat city

Discover the beauty and history of the City of Korat in Thailand, with attractions like Khao Yai National Park and Phimai Historical Park. Explore more on Isaan.com.

The City of Korat

The province of Korat, also known as Nakhon Ratchasima, is the largest in Thailand, covering an area of 25,494 square kilometers. It boasts mountainous topography and plateaus, offering a diverse landscape to explore. Korat, Thailand, is a land of natural beauty, with attractions like Khao Yai National Park and the Korat Plateau, as well as historical sites such as Phimai Historical Park. The rich traditions and warm hospitality of the locals make it a captivating destination for tourists.

 

The people of Korat are primarily involved in agricultural activities, including the cultivation of rice, tapioca, peanuts, corn, jute, sugar cane, and sesame. Korat serves as the gateway to the lower northeastern region, also known as the Isaan door.

The symbol of Korat is Thao Suranaree. Also called « Ya Mo », Thao Suranaree is a woman who protected the city and the kingdom of Siam against the invasion of the Laos’ army.

Location

Korat serves as the capital of the Nakhon Ratchasima Province, situated in the northeastern region of Thailand. The city shares its borders with Buriram to the east, Chaiyaphum, Saraburi, and Nakhon Nayok to the west, Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen to the north, and Prachin Buri and Nakhon Nayok to the south.

History

Based on the study of the ruins, it was discovered that there were two towns in the area. Thwhich are currently situated in the Sung Noen district. These towns are now recognized as Sema and Nakhon Raj. Nakhon Ratchasima was part of the Khmer empire before the 14th century. However, King Narai of the Ayutthaya Kingdom built a ‘new’ Korat between 1656 and 1688 to safeguard the northeastern border of Ayutthaya.

Attractions

Tourism in Korat City has seen a significant increase in recent years, making it a popular destination among foreign tourists. Here are some of the city’s major attractions.

Khao Yai National Park

This is a huge park that covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers. The park  expands over four provinces that include Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Saraburi. Based in the mountain range of Phanom Dong Rak is Khao Yai National Park. It has also got recognition from the National Park Heritage of Asian Group Countries. On 18th September 1962, it became the first national park of Thailand. It is popular for rainforests and green ambience. Wide diversity of plants is found here such as scented plants, herbs and commercial plants as well. There are excellent mountain ranges that stand at the elevation of 800 to 3,000 meters above sea level. Therefore, the climate at Khao Yai National Park is comfortable even in summer.

Phimai Historical Park

This is the site of one of the most vital historical destinations in Thailand. The park features the Phimai Sanctuary where at the entrance a stone slab is placed with the word Phimai inscribed on it.

Wat Thammachak Semaram

This is another religious site famous for a massive reclining image of Lord Buddha. This figure is made up of red sandstone, which is 2.8 meters high and 13.3 meters long. The huge image is from 657 AD and it expands from north to south.

In addition to that, there are other attractions in Korat such as Chok Chai Farm. Add Wat Sala Loi, the Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, Prasat Phanom Wan, Lam Takhong Dam, Wat Pa Lak Roy or the « Hell Temple », Dan Kwian pottery village and much more. Travel with us on Isaan.com and visit virtually were we live.

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