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NAKHON RATCHASIMA

NAKHON RATCHASIMA

Nakhon Ratchasima or“Khorat”is a large province on  the northeastern plateau and is like the gateway .........


Nakhon Ratchasima or“Khorat” is a large province on  the northeastern plateau and is like the gateway to other provinces in the Northeast. It is 259 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of around 20,494 square kilometres. The province is rich in Khmer culture and has a long history. It also has beautiful nature, with many forests, mountains, waterfalls, and reservoirs. Furthermore, it is well known for a variety of quality handicrafts that visitors can choose from.Nakhon Ratchasima used to be the site of several ancient prehistoric communities that continued to grow when the Dvaravati culture came in and later when the Khmer culture replaced it. An important prehistoric site is Ban Prasat. Traces of Dvaravati and Khmer cultures are scattered throughout the province, particularly at Amphoe Sung Noen and Amphoe Phimai. Nakhon Ratchasima has been a key city since ancient times as an administration centre. It was responsible for many northeastern cities in the past. Even now, its statushas remained unchanged in that it is the Northeast’s main transportation hub and economic centre.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA Thai Term Glossary 

Amphoe  : District
Ban  : Village
Chedi   : Stupa or Pagoda
Doi   : Mountain
Hat   : Beach
Khao  : Mountain
Khlong   : Canal
Ko   : Island
Mu   : Village Number
Mueang   : Town or City
Namtok     : Waterfall
Prang   : Pagoda
Prasat   : Khmer Sanctuary
Tambon   : Sub-district
Tham   : Cave
Ubosot   : Ordination hall in a temple
Vihan   : Image hall in a temple
Wat  : Temple
Note : English spelling here given tries to approximate 

Thai pronunciation. Posted signs may be spelled differently. When seeking help from a Thai for direction, point to the Thai spellings given after each place name.Nakhon Ratchasima or“Khorat”is a large province on the northeastern plateau and is like the gateway to other provinces in the Northeast. It is 259 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of around 20,494 square kilometres. The province is rich in Khmer culture and has a long history. It also has beautiful nature, with many forests, mountains, waterfalls, and reservoirs. Furthermore, it is well known for a variety of quality handicrafts that visitors can choose from. Nakhon Ratchasima used to be the site of several ancient prehistoric communities that continued to grow when the Dvaravati culture came in and later when the Khmer culture replaced it. An important prehistoric site is Ban Prasat. Traces of Dvaravati and Khmer cultures are scattered throughout the province, particularly at Amphoe Sung Noen and Amphoe Phimai. Nakhon Ratchasima has been a key city since ancient times as an administration centre. It was responsible for many northeastern cities in the past. Even now, its status has remained unchanged in that it is the Northeast’s main transportation hub and economic centre. BOUNDARIES North  Borders Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen. South  Borders Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and  Sa Kaeo.East   Borders Buri Ram. West  Borders Chaiyaphum, Saraburi and Lop Buri.

HOW TO GET THERE

By car : You can take 3 routes. The most popular one is 

from Bangkok; take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin) then 

Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap) at Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima. 

The total distance is 259 kilometres.

Another route is from Bangkok, take Highway No. 304 past 

Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, 

Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thong Chai, to Nakhon Ratchasima. The 

total distance is 273 kilometres. 

Alternatively, take the Bangkok-Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok route 

then connect to Highway No. 33 to Kabin Buri, then go on 

to Highway No. 304 past Wang Nam Khiao, Pak Thong Chai 

and into Nakhon Ratchasima.

By bus :The Transport Co., Ltd. (known as Bo Kho So) has 

both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses departing 

from the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Chatuchak), Kamphaeng 

Phet Road daily.

By train : Trains leave from Bangkok Railway Station to 

Nakhon Ratchasima everyday. It takes about 6 hours. 

Travelling within the Province

There are many lines of mini-buses and buses running in the 

city and nearby areas. A more convenient way to get around 

is to take tricycles and motorized tricycles called Tuk Tuk in 

the city. The price must be agreed upon before a trip. If 

travelling to another district, you can take a bus at Bus 

Terminal 1 on Burin Road where there are mini-buses and 

buses. At Bus Terminal 2, there are only buses running to 

Amphoe Phimai Dan Kwian-Chok Chai and other province

Inter-province Travel

Buses running to other provinces leave from Bus Terminal 2. 

There are services to the northeastern provinces of 

Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon 

Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri 

Ram (the old route goes past Nang Rong and the new one 

past Huai Thalaeng), and Surin (past Nang Rong-Ban Tako). In 

addition, there are buses to Bangkok, Chon Buri, Pattaya, 

Rayong, Chanthaburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Nakhon Sawan, 

Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai (up to Mae Sai).

Distances from Amphoe Mueang (Town) to Neighbouring Districts

Chaloem Phra Kiat18   kilometres. 

Kham Thale So  22   kilometres.

Non Thai  29   kilometres.

Non Daeng  30   kilometres.

Chok Chai  31   kilometres.

Pak Thong Chai34   kilometres.

Sung Noen  36   kilometres.

Non Sung  37  kilometres.

Phra Thong Kham37  kilometres.

Chakkarat  40   kilometres.

Sikhio  45   kilometres.

Kham Sakaesaeng50   kilometres.

Nong Bunmak  52  kilometres.

Khon Buri  58   kilometres.

Phimai  60   kilometres.

Haui Thalaeng65   kilometres. 

Wang Nam Khiao70  kilometres.

Khong  79  kilometres.

Dan Khun Thot  84   kilometres.

Ban Lueam  85   kilometres.

Pak Chong  85   kilometres.

Sida  85   kilometres.

Soeng Sang  88   kilometres.

Thepharak  90   kilometres.

Prathai  97   kilometres.

Chum Phuang   98   kilometres.

Bua Yai  101   kilometres.

Bua Rai  106   kilometres.

Mueang Yang  110  kilometres.

Lam Thamenchai120   kilometres.

Kaeng Sanam Nang130   kilometres.

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