I'm not actually a fan of zoo but I admit I always have a good time visiting Korat Zoo. This is a great place to spend the day with family & kids.
Korat Zoo or Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo located about 20 km south of Korat city. It is one of the major zoo in Thailand and one of the most modern in Asia!!!
The zoo has an area of 545 rai (218 acres). Most of the animals there are from Africa, Penguins, seals, African elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, lions, zebras, and giraffes. There is also a reptile building and a hornbill garden.
The enclosures are large and the zoo has landscaped each section so it matches the habit of each animal.
There are trailers takes visitors around the zoo, also bicycles or golf cars for rent.
Or full name as Nakhon Rachasima Zoo.This zoo is a special one where have Africa animals called "Big five" included Africa elephant,Wild buffalo,rhino,leopard and lion.Moreover,there're some interesting animals like white rhino,black tiger,camel and Thai sarus crane bird.There're also the aquarium represented fishes in Northeastern area,Night-safari on weekend (Hot and cool season only) Admission fee: Adult 80 THB : Child 20 THB.Services: rail car service,bicycle for rent,golf car for rent,elephant riding,horse kart service,restaurants,Spa,car care service,fun park and resort.From Khorat center,you can take an air-con yellow/green bus (16 THB) from Talad Mae Kim Heng market.The bus run directly to the zoo.The trip takes about 30 mins.
The most popular place along highway no2 before visitors reach Korat, always make a stop at Farm Chok Chai. It is one of the largest and most innovative in Asia. It provides a full range of consultant services and is the only one breeding dairy cows for export to neighboring countries Including Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. Currently, Farm Chok Chai is involved in 5 core businesses:
1. Agriculture and animal husbandry Farm Chokchai Dairy Farm
2. Immovable Property Maintenance & Rentals
3. Restaurants Under the name Chokchai Steakhouse, the group has three outlets, Farm Chokchai, Rangsit and Chokchai Prime Steakhouse on Sukhumvit 23 in downtown Bangkok. The company also has opened Chokchai Steakburger at Chokchai Farm as well.
4. Agro Tourism Under the theme, “More Than Milk”, Farm Chokchai provide tours of the dairy, from grazing to processing as well as other related activities.
5. Ice Cream & Dairy Plant Presently, we produce premium dairy products in homemade style to serve our outlets and Chokchai Steakhouse restaurants.
Thao Suranaree or Khun Ying Mo or, we call her shortly as Ya Mo which means grandmother Mo. She's the heroine of Korat history and we consider ourselves as her grandchildren. The monument located in central of Korat City, was built in 1933, made of black copper, 1.85 metres high and is dressed in regalia in a standing posture. Her right hand holds a sword. These days, Khon Ying Mo becomes the symbol for Korat as a town of brave women. Korat locals and Thai visitors always come to pay respect to her whenever they visit Korat.
Once a part of the sprawling Khmer empire, Phimai, located 60km north-east of Khorat, was once directly connected by road to the capital of Angkor and was considered to be an integral part of the empire, seeing a steady stream of traders and religious travellers passing through its gates.
The main enclosed area of the Prasat Phimai, which measures 1020x580m, is comparable with that of Angkor Wat which means that Phimai must have been an important city in the Khmer empire. Most of the buildings were started in the late 10th century by the Khmer King Jayavarman V and were later finished by King Suriyavarman I. They are built in the Baphuon, Bayon and Angkor Wat style. However, even though the Khmer at that time were Hindu, the temple was built as a Buddhist temple, as Buddhism in the Khorat area dated back to the 7th century. Inscriptions name the site as Vimayapura (which means city of Vimaya), which developed into the Thai name Phimai.
There are some other interesting sights in the small town such as the Victory Gate, which was the southern entrance into the town, and a very good museum. If you're staying in Khorat, then you shouldn't miss Phimai. It's easy to get to by taking a bus from the terminal 2 bus station, to the north of the city centre, which takes about an hour. You can see more about Phimai on my Phimai page below.
Open: 7.30am-6pm every day. Admission into Historic Park: 100 baht.
I walked past this temple which had an intriguing sign saying "Amazing Cave In The City" and I had to go in and investigate. A monk showed me around the ground floor of a building that was completely decked out in stalactites and stalagmites which have been stuck to the floor, ceiling and walls by an abbot 70 years ago.
Tucked behind the King Rama IX Commemorative Library, this museum feels like it hasn't been updated since it opened in 1954. The collection of religious statues is interesting but the wood, bronze and stone Buddhas seem to jostle each other for elbowroom. The building was styled after a Thai house - a one bedroom Thai house. Exhibits of pottery, coins, bullets and other artefacts crowd into glass cases.
Open: 9am-4pm Wed-Sun. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Admission: 50 baht.
A Lak Mueang or City pillar is found in most cities of Thailand. Usually housed in a shrine which is also believed to house the city spirit deity, Chao Pho Lak Meuang, it is held in high esteem by the citizens of the town. They are, like this one, located right in the centre.
The old city of Khorat is surrounded by a wide moat and once was also surrounded by walls. Today only four gates remain with the Chumphon Gate in the west being the only original one. The others are recent rebuilds. There's also an imposing structure at the northern-west corner of the old city which looks like some kind of fortification.
In 1826, the Lao army invaded Khorat. With the assistant governor away, his wife Khunying Mo, stepped up to lead the defence. She organised Thai soldiers and villagers alike to take up arms and together they defeated the bigger, stronger invaders. The reigning monarch of the time, King Rama III rewarded Khunying Mo's courage by giving her the title Thao Suranaree. Her statue stands in the centre of Nakhon Ratchasima in front of the Chumphon Gate where it's a popular object of worship, while a festival in her honour is held in the city at the end of March and the beginning of April each year.
I think Phi Mai Historical Park is the most famous attaction of Nakhon Ratchasima. Just drive up from the city to Phimai district around half hour. Phi Mai Historical Park is one of the grandest and most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand, have been restored and renovated. The materials which were used to constructed the Sanctuary are white sand stone, red sand stone, laterite and brick. And many of them, were built with the combination of 2-3 and sometimes 4 of those materials. The Sanctuary itself is surrounded with red sandstone walls. The most interesting is in center of Phi Mai Historical Park, the largest sandstone sanctuary in Thailand, Pra Sat Hin Phi Mai (The Principal Tower). It was made of white sandstone faces south. A square base with 22 meters width 25 meters high. There is Mandapa located to the front of the tower, decorated with relief of Tamayana excepted on the south Gable was curved in Shiva Dancing Figure and the relief of depicting of Mahayan Buddhist were constructed in the late of 11 th century A.D. Visit here will give you opportunity to enjoy the town surrounding the historical park and if you happen to visit around November, don’t miss Phimai boat racing, quite interesting !!! (more photos of the historical park at my phimai page)
One of the famous temples of Nakhon Ratchasima be recommended in many guidebook. Wat Sala Loi, built in 1827 by Thao Suranari and her husband. The highlight to visit here is to see The accient convocation hall. The hall inside the temple is in an applied Thai style in the shape of a junk riding the waves, the buildings was decorated by local Dan Kwian clay tiles to tell the life of Lord Buddha. The door is made of metal with raised designs of the Buddhist tale and the hall houses a large standing white Buddha image. In 1973, the hall was awarded the prize of the best avant-garde religious building from the Siam Architects Society. In front of the hall as you can see in my 2nd photo, is a plaster sculpture of Thao Suranaree sitting praying in the middle of a pond. It is a place where some pieces of bone of Thao Suranaree, the heroine of the local were keep there.
The museum located just in central of the town, if you are into museum, shouldn't miss visiting Maha Wirawong National Museum.
The Museum displays items that Somdet Phra Maha Wirawong, the ex-abbot of Wat Sutthachinda, collected, also art facts which found in Nakhon Ratchasima and provinces around and donations. Most items in the museum are Buddha images, including stone images of the Khmer period, images from the Ayutthaya period, bronze images, earthenware, ancient utensils, and woodcarving.
The museum open during 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.
It is closed on public holidays.
Bung Ta lau Park, or water park as there's a big lake in central of the park. I've been there often. This place is very famous in Korat, locals come for relaxation and exercise; jogging biking etc.
The park located in front of military camp, organized and maintained by military. The area belong to military and since many years back the area developed to be a park for public. There are trails for jogging (3 km/round) and biking. It's open in the morning and in the afternoon till late evening. The time you can see crowded of people do exercise is in late afternoon. If you have plenty of time while visiting Korat might spend some times at the park, jogging, walking, biking, relaxing, view people, admire sunset over the lake... whatever ..... and if you see an old girl do slow jogging, pls say hi as it might be me haha ;-)
Behind Thao Suranaree Statue you can see the old city gate "Chum Phon", we call in Thai "Pratu Chom Phon" (pra-tu=gate).
Regarding the history There's 4 City Gates in Korat town located in 4 directions. Pratu Chum Phon is only the original one left located in the west. It's be built during the reign of King Narai in 1656, made from large stones and bricks, covered with plaster. On the top is a watchtower made of wood with a tiled roof and decorated in the Thai style.
Another 3 Gates, were rebuilt, located in other 3 directions of the town.
It's been saying if anyone walk though the gate, then that person has to come back to Korat again! sooner or later ;-) prove!