Be prepare ! Learn some basic Thai language will help you a loooong way here at Korat. Not many speak local speak basic English here - not even sales girls at Shopping Mall. The life here is much slower, peaceful than Bangkok or Phuket city.. But here, if you are adventurous and explore more, there's much thing to do, see and eat.. and enjoy. Then again, there arent any foreigners tourists you can see..except maybe a few. This is real thai life if you want to experiment!:)
After visit Phimai Historical Park, just 1 km away go to see the abundance of banyan trees, all originating from a single tree which is about 350 years now. We call there as Sai Ngam (Sai or Ton Sai means banyan tree / Ngam means beautiful). So far the tree gave birth to many smaller ones covering the entire area. (moe photos at link below)
Nothing much to do? Why not spend a half day visiting the local Zoo. You can just rent a Bicycle and cycle around the Zoo. Monkeys there are a scene there..but pictures are either too blurr or small to upload....oh ya..there is a little small aquarium inside too..
Under the ground of Tha Chang Sub-district and Chang Thong Sub-district of Chalermprakiet District,found a huge ancient elephant's cemetery which all stuffs was turned to be fossils and dated back to 25 million years ago. Almost elephant types in the fossils was extinct. About 100 elephant fossils was found in the sand mines all around this District.Some fossils exhibited in the 1st floor of Municipality office.On my visit to this exhibition,there 're others animal fossils like ancient giraffe,....
Apart from fossils,this district have a big 200 years Banyan tree.It was managed as public park for local. And you can enjoy the floating restaurant along the Mun river.The route begin from floating restaurant pier (closed to the bridge) run pass Banyan tree,Yang Dam,the joint between Lamtakong river and Mun river and the railway bridge where was the end of first railway from BKK to Nakhon Rachasima.This area,King VI used to visitted there and established the wood fossils monument on the side of railway.
Petrified Wood Museum located in Ban Kroke Duan Ha where found the Petrified Wood all over the area.This museum is still in reconstruction but the outdoor exhibition have finished already. For exhibitions,the first building 's for Petrified Wood,the 2nd building for Ancient elephants and the 3rd building for Dinosaur. All related to the area of Northeastern where found so many stuffs of primordial times. And the outdoor exhibition exhibited the Petrified Wood which found in Northeastern area.
This temple have some interesting buildings such as the ubosot,Sala or hall with painting on cieling.Apart from buildings,this temple have so many kinds of plants for study.The abbot have arranges the route for study the plants and also he aims to make this temple as forest area to making meditation and local education.
This temple is one interesting place in Pakthongchai.There're wooden Hor Trai or library in the ponds,old ubosot or ordination hall where have paintings on the ceiling and door carving with chinese patterns.
The old city gate located behind Khun Ying Mo monument.This gate was built in the reign of King Narai of Ayutthaya Kingdom when he ordered to built the city of Nakhon Rachasima as the front city.The city planned by French architect.The plan 's square shape with city walls and moat.At 4 cardinal points have city gate - Polsaen gate in the North,Polsaan gate in the East,Chainarong gate in the South and Chumpol gate in the West which 's just one left.The style of Chumpol gate covered with Thai Traditional roof decorated with some thai ornaments. The local believed that if people of different locality passed,they 'll be back to stay in Khorat.
Khun Ying Mo or Ya Mo 's the most important person in Khorat.In the reign of King Rama III,she led the people to fight with the army of King Anuwong from Laos.The monument of Khun Ying Mo was built in 2477 B.E.The statue of Khun Ying Mo dressed in Thai traditional clothes.She holds the sword and heading to the direction of Bangkok.In the area of monument,you can see the people come to pay homage to her by joss-sticks and garland.Some come to wish somethings they want.If they can get,they 'll come back and make a thanks offering to her by Khorat song,as you can see some small stages with local performance around the area. Some said Khun Ying Mo love this performance. Every March 23 to April 3 of the year,local always held the celebration to remembrance the winning of Khun Ying Mo over the King Anuwong.
This small museum exhibits the artifacts from Khorat and surrounding area.The exhibition began from pre-historic evidences to present time.Some artifacts came from the collection of Somdej Phra Mahaviravongsa.the former abbot of Sutthajinda temple.The museum also located in the area of Sutthajinda temple.Some interesting artifacts 're Buddha images in Dvaravati style from Sema and Khorakhapura ancient city,the potteries from Burirum Kiln and others area,the stone inscription from Muang Kaek sanctuary,..
Admission fee: 10 THB
This place 's one sandstone source in Northeastern where ancient people used to come and cut sandstone for building sanctuaries in an area of Nakornrachasima and nearby, such as Prasart Muang Khaek,Prasart Muang Kao,Prasart Non Kuu. All sandstone shifted by drilling holes to the stone,then use metal bar for lifting. The stone always moved by rafting. From this site,the nearest river 's Lam Ta Kong.
Located in the West of Pakthongchai city. This temple was built in 2330 B.E. in the reign of King Rama I. There're some interesting buildings such as : Hor Trai or manuscript library in the pond.This Hor Trai have the mural painting depicted about Buddha's life,the meeting of god and some Thai patterns.Ubosot or ordination hall with mural painting depicted about Jataka stories and Buddha story.It also depicted about local lifestyle.Chedi or Thaat in Laos style and sala or hall where built from wood. From Pakthongchai twon,you can take a blue songtaew ( two rows seat truck) via Taku at Pakthongchai market,price : 10 Bahts per person,takes about 30 mins.
This is where I usually went as a study trip when I was in University. This place stands as a second open museum & archaeological site after Ban Chieng ,so you can see how this site found at the first excavation. This 's one pre-historical site in Thailand where have a long history to Khmer influence time about 2500-3000 years ago. So the archaeologists found some objects here and collects at the museum in front the excavation site no.1.
The most important of this site is potteries which 're unique and outstanding from others potteries. Others interesting're bronze,acceseries and textile equipments.This ancient village also offered Homestay which you can do some daily activities with local people like farming,working in a rice field,do textile or mat or even do a Thai instruments.
The Sema Ancient City was the city in Dvaravati period as the first community of Nakorn Rachasima. Local called Muang Sema or Sema city. Nowaday,Sema city just remains the city moat as double ovals shape with 2 kms wide and 3 kms long. Though the architectures was destroyed but the archaeologists found some Dvaravati artifacts here,such as Bronze Buddha images,Terra cotta Buddha images,etc.All evidences which found here dated to 13 Buddhist Centuries at the time of Sri Janasa city or so called Khorakhapura city flourished as the center of this area. The evidence also told that the people believed in Buddhism and then in 14 Buddhist Centuries,they changed to Hinduism or Brahminism which was an influence from Khmer Empire. The example of Khmer evidences here 're Khmer sanctuaries,Siva Linga bases and Khmer potteries. In 16 Buddhist Centuries,the power center changed to Phimai city,this Sema city was abandoned.
Dharma Chakra Semaram temple located in Sema Ancient city.This city is an old city of Dvaravati period, as a couple city with Kho Ra Kha Pura city (the first community in Nakorn Rachasima).Inside Sema ancient city,there 's one temple called Dharma Chakra Sema Ram temple.It found a big reclining Buddha image made from sandstone and Dharma Chakra or wheel of Law which also made from laterite ,both 're in Dvaravati period and presume to built on the time of building Sema city. Beside,the reclining Buddha image 's the oldest reclining Buddha in Thailand with 13.30 metres long and 2.30 metres tall.For Dharma Chakra,housed in the building near Ubosot.This artifact found near the Buddha image. It look like a wheel of cart,decorated with mixture animals called Panassabodi,it's the vehicle of Buddha in Mahayana Sect.