Thailand Area Guides: Central Thailand

Khorat Area Guide

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Standing at the gateway to northeast Thailand – commonly known as Isaan – you'll find the sweeping province of Khorat. Also known as Nakhon Ratchasima, this is Thailand's largest province by area and has a population of about 2.7 million.

Home to Thailand's oldest national park, Khao Yai, there are plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities here. The region does lack any major tourist attractions, but it is close to the Khmer ruins at Phimai, Phanom Rung and Muang Tam, and the archaeological remains of Ban Prasat.

You'll find a small expat community here in the city of Khorat, which has a vibrant downtown, modern shopping malls, international schools, and a warm steady climate of 75-85 degrees.

Getting around
Khorat is well served by Highway 2 and by eight main railway stations.

St Stephen's International School (SIS) (Khao Yai Campus), Adventists International Mission School (AIMS) (Nakhon Ratchasima Campus), Anglo Singapore International School (Khorat Campus) and Wesley International School.

Khorat Ratings





Family Friendly


Transport Links


Khorat Pros & Cons


Plenty of wildlife
Warm climate


Lack of entertainment

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