Although Wang nam Khieo is around 70-80 kms from Korat city but I love driving up there, many vineyards in the area open for visitors to walk in the vineyards. Some places have a shop sell their own products. In the photo was at Ta Wan Kaw Vineyards locate on the route to Khao Pang Ma.
Apart from above those interesting places, Wang Nam Khieo also provides a nice green countryside, just drive around in many roads of the area, enjoy the view, beautiful land scape, a lot small water way where the name Wang Nam Khieo come from, the meaning is the place where a lot of water ways and the water are all green. (Nam means water and Khieo means green). You can drive to Khao Pang Ma where the area is just behind Khao Yai National Park, if you have luck, you can see some bulls, mostly be seen in the early morning..
Almost area of Nakhon Ratchasima is plateau but at Wang Nam Khieo District is different, most of the land are mountaineous, a lot scene of mountain and the weather very cold in winter. A lot Thais like to go to the north in winter to feel the cold and see beautiful fog cover range of mountains in the morning. But here we have it in Wang Nam Khieo so no need to travel so far to the North…
Wang Nam Khieo is about a border district of Nakhon Ratchasima, around 80 Km from central of the province.
Village Farm & Winery is a famous place of Wang Nam Khieo District. It's beautiful area, there's area of vineyard, wine factory, restaurant and resort. We visited this place several times, love getting there in cool season ( Nov-Jan ).
In cool season at Wang Nam Khieo, it is very cold ( I mean cold in tropical country ) so many people like to visit resorts on mountain or visit national park or somewhere in higher land to camping. It’s a very popular activity. Many resorts in Wang Nam Khieo change the area to be campsite and I saw some campsites, well as on photo, they set tents too close and too crowded. I couldn’t feel camping that way but enjoy the view, the cold and beautiful fog cover range of mountain in the early morning anyway.
It is in the area of Wat Pa-Yap, temple in town. The cave is not real cave but built by real stalagmites and stalactites, monk said they taken from Saraburi Province where doing explode a quarry. Above the cave is a monk residence.
Just traveling through the Highway No 2 between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima at around the 196-197-km markers, you can see the large water area called Lam Takhong from the highway. Lam Takhong is in the area border between Pakchong District and Sikhio District. There're also many local restaurants in the area, serve local foods. You can make a stop, enjoy the meal and great view of the reservoir.
When you see word Wat Pa in front of the name of temple, you can picture the area of the temple with a lot of trees like a little forest. (pa = forest, wat = temple). Wat Pa usually is not located in town, locals come to take part in religious activities and also a place for practice meditation. Previously Wat Pa Salawan located outside the town but nowadays the town is getting bigger and bigger so the temple is in the living area now.
The area within the temple is peaceful and in the photo is the beautiful Chedi which just recently be built.
Hat Jom Thong or Jom Thong beach, is a large beach by the lake, the area is around the end of reservoir of Lam Moon Bon Dam. A rest area has been developed for the public around the reservoir. Visitors normally come to this beach to swim, dine, camp and enjoy the scenery. We enjoy the spicy Thai food, view people, and relaxing on beach chair. If you want to visit here, this place is well known in Khon Buri district, around 60 Km from central of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Hat Chom Tawan locate in Soeng Sang District. The place is far from Korat City about 90 Km. It is a large beach by the lake. The area around was developed into a rest area for the public and there are plots for locals to make a living to reduce the problem of illegal logging. Tourists and local people normally come to swim and dine there, enjoy the view and camping and trekking can also be done. Long-tail boats can be hired to go on the reservoir.
To get there, we made a day trip drive from Korat downtown, take Highway No. 224, then Highway No. 2071 and Highway No. 2119, Turn right at Soeng Sang intersection on Highway No. 2317 for 15 Km. well such a far place but we are so crazy to drive …
Thao Suranaree Park was developed by EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand). The park has an area of 76 rai. It is a beautiful recreational park, a great view point north of Lam Takhong Dam and a car rest area. It is on Highway No. 2 (Saraburi-Nakhon Ratchasima). Mostly people who travel to northeastern region stop by there and also locals come for relaxing. The park located beside the Highway No.2 between the 193-194km markers.
I haved live in Korat all of my life but just few weeks ago, had a chance visiting this ruins of ancient Khmer site. It is another Prasat Hin of Korat as you may have heard only the famous one Prasat Hin Phimai and it is about 60 kms out of town. This one is at the ege of the town around 15 min drive. I drove up there, well no one, no visitors, no tourist at all, This small ruins of ancient Khmer architectural work piece called Prasat Phanom Wan, believed it was built in the 15th Buddhist century. Even thought it's small place but I enjoyed take a stroll inside and the area all around, temple and local living area.
To get there, take highway no 2, when pass Jho ho junction, then drive another few kms and turn right into Tumbon Ban Pho, drive up for 5 kms you will see the site.
Its rest area by the reservoir in Sekhiu district, around half hour drive from Korat town. We come here from time to time for a nice meal with a great view of reservoir. The food is most local food, delicious. We sit for a meal in a little hut by the water area. Its relaxing atmosphere and very popular for local especially on the weekend.
As the old and important city,you can find so many shophouses in old style.Some built from wood and some built from plaster decorated with stucco.Unluckily,some have changed to be a new shop by refurnishing.
OK, some pictures here from Pimai and the Burial Site and a temple. Not to bore you guys but most information can be read here from other members. They have detailed description. But walking into Pimai gives me a feeling of calm..and self -reflection... Cost - 100B entry.