Road Trip to Khorat in Lower Isaan

Recently, I went on a three-day road trip to Nakhon Ratchasima province in Northeastern Thailand. Locally, the main city is called Khorat. This is regarded as the gateway to lower Isaan. One of the main reasons for the trip was to attend the opening ceremony for the inaugural flights by NewGen airline from the Khorat city airport to Chiang Mai in the North and Phuket in the South. This now means that people don’t have to fly to these destinations via Bangkok any more.

Date of trip: 2-4 December 2017

Wat Thep Phithak Punnaram in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima houses a huge seated Buddha image that is 45 meters high. The image can be reached via 1,250 steps. Map:

Secret Art Garden in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. The owners have created a forest garden where art and nature blend harmoniously. Entrance is 100B which is a little steep for what is on offer. 20B is more realistic. Map:

Flower pot men and women at Secret Art Garden in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Khanong Phra Community Market at Avatar Homestay in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Open every weekend from 10am to about 7pm. Everything is produced and sold by local people. Worth supporting. Map:

Dinner at Phu Tai, an Isaan restaurant in Nakhon Ratchasima city. Good food, decoration and entertainment. Map:

DAY TWO: Good morning from Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) in Northeastern Thailand. I’m here this weekend to help promote some of the lesser known local attractions and activities in Southern Isaan.

Official launch today at Khorat Airport of a new taxi service for Nakhon Ratchasima by AS Taxi. You can download their “Taxi OK” app to book a taxi.

Nakhon Ratchasima already has All Thai Taxi which you can book by calling 1584. Any competition is good for consumers.

Official launch today of the NewGen flights between Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) and Chiang Mai/Phuket. The first tourists from Chiang Mai have just landed in Khorat.

NewGen flights from Nakhon Ratchasima.

  • Khorat-Chiang Mai 8am-9:25am
  • Chiang Mai-Khorat 10:30am-11:55am
  • Khorat-Phuket 1pm-2:45pm
  • Phuket-Khorat 3:45pm-5:30pm

Lunch at Captain Noi Café and Hangout in Phanao sub-district of Nakhon Ratchasima. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-10pm. Map:

Teerawongs Garden Gallery in Chai Mongkhon sub-district of Nakhon Ratchasima has plants from all around the world. Open weekends & holidays, 8am-6pm. Adults 40B & kids 20B. Map:

Drone photos of Teerawongs Garden Gallery (บ้านไร่ธีระวงศ์) in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Monument of Thao Suranari or Khun Ying Mo in Nakhon Ratchasima. It commemorates her heroic deed when she managed to save the city from the invasion of the Laotian army. Map:

Dinner at Reun Rom restaurant (ร้านอาหารรื่นรมย์) in Nakhon Ratchasima. Map:

DAY THREE: Good morning from Nakhon Ratchasima in Northeastern Thailand. Today I will be visiting Jim Thompson Farm before heading back to Bangkok this afternoon.

Jim Thompson Farm, in Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima, is open from now until 7 January 2018. The prices are 180B/130B for weekdays and 220B/160B for weekends. Map:

Tickets for Jim Thompson Farm include free tram tours though you will probably want to walk most of it. Best to go weekdays if you can as it gets very crowded. Open from 9am-5pm.

That’s a wrap on my 3-day trip to Nakhon Ratchasima province. I hope you enjoyed my photos and I’ve inspired you to visit Southern Isaan.

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