Khorat Travel Guide

Also known as Nakhon Ratchasima, Khorat is the capital city of the province of Nakhon Ratchasima and one of the most populated cities in Thailand, with over 2.5 million residents.

Khorat’s central location makes it a good place to explore the surrounding provinces and areas. The city has been an important political, economic and social center since early centuries. During the early 1800s, Khorat survived an attack from the King of Vientiane, who tried to overpower the Thai stronghold.

There are numerous attractions and sights to visit in Khorat, making it a popular tourist destination with both local and foreign travelers. Khorat Zoo is world class, with a wide range of animals from around the world. The city has numerous temples and monuments including the Thao Suranee Monument, dedicated to the heroine of the 1826 Laos attack on the city.

Getting there

Being located just 160 miles from Bangkok, Khorat is easily accessible by road and rail. The train station handles services from all over Thailand, with connections from Bangkok typically taking around 3 hours. Public and private buses leave Bangkok on an hourly basis, taking only a few hours travel time. The road network to Khorat is well established, providing easy access by car if self-driving.

Khorat attractions

Khorat Zoo: the zoo is located approximately five miles from the city center and provides an extensive collection of animals from around the world.

Thao Suranaree Monument: this beautiful monument is situated in the center of the city and is a well-regarded historical attraction.

In brief

What to do: visit the zoo, look at the countless temples and check out the numerous markets and shopping centers.

Best time to go: probably best to go during the cool season between November and February.

How long? A few days can be spent enjoying the sights, entertainment and attractions.

Trivia: Khorat Air Force base was used by the Untied States Air Force during the Vietnam War.