Khao Yai National Park

The park, which covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers in the Phanom Dong Rak mountain range, stretches over 4 provinces including Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, and Prachin Buri. Khao Yai became Thailands first national park on 18th September 1962 and is also originally recognized as the National Park Heritage of Asian Group Countries.

 The park is comprised of mixed forests and rainforests with some wide plains and grasslands interspersed with verdant forests. There are many valuable plants, including commercial plants, scented plants and herbs. In addition, there are several mountains with peaks ranging from 800 to 3,000 meters above sea level making Khao Yai a cool climate area, even in summer. 

 The most popular time to visit Khao Yai is during the cool season or from October to February. In the rainy season, the area is refreshingly green with overflowing waterfalls, sending echoes all around. 

Monument of Thao Suranari

Thao Suranari Monument is a memorial to the Thai heroine called ‘Ya Mo’ by locals.  Built in 1934, it is located in the city centre.  People from other provinces who visit Khorat and locals usually come to pay homage here and ask for blessings.  The statue is made of black copper.  It is 1.85 metres high and is dressed in regalia in a standing posture.  The right hand holds a sword and the statue faces west towards the capital of Bangkok.  The monument base holds her ashes.

 Thao Suranari was originally Khunying Mo, the wife of the assistant governor of Nakhon Ratchasima.  In 1826, Chao Anuwong of Vientiane had Khorat under siege but Khunying Mo rallied villagers to fight against Chao Anuwong.  After the battle was over, King Rama III promoted her to Thao Suranari.  Every year during 23 March to 3 April, the people would hold a festival to honour her bravery.

City Pillar

City Pillar is at the corner of Chom Phon and Prachak roads. This Chinese-style shrine houses the city pillar that is worshipped by Thais and Chinese. Built in the reign of King Narai the Great during 1656-1688, the shrine and city pillar are made of wood. The inner eastern wall is covered with fired clay tiles with raised designs of the battle of Thao Suranari and the way of life of Thais in ancient times.

Chang Phueak Shrine

Chang Phuak Shrine is a small shrine on the northern part of the city moat at the corner of Manat and Phon Saen roads. It houses a Takhian Hin tree stump that was where the people of Phu Khiao tied elephants for inspectors to look at before presenting them to King Rama I for his transport.

Prang Ku

Prang Ku is in Wat Ban Ku School, Tambon Don Tanin. Take Highway No. 2 for about 74 kilometres, then turn left at the highway police kiosk to Ban Non Ta Then for around 6 kilometres and turn right to Wat Ban Ku School. The site is a small Khmer pagoda with a square base, built of layers of laterite from bottom to top. However, much of it is in ruins, only part of the low base remains. Inside the pagoda are 4-5 fired clay Buddha images.

Chom Tawan Beach (Hat Chom Tawan)

This is a large beach by the lake, under the office of the 5th Thap Lan National Park Management Area (Lam Plai Mat) that is responsible for jungles in the park in Soeng Sang, Khon Buri and Wang Nam Khiao Districts. A rest area has been developed for the public around the reservoir and plots of land have been designated for locals to make a living and reduce the problem of illegal logging. Tourists normally come to this beach to swim, dine, camp and enjoy the scenery. Long-tail boats can be hired to go on the reservoir. Trekking to various spots like Wang Phi Sua (where a lot of butterflies can be seen in winter), Phra cave, Communist cave and the gigantic Takhian Thong tree that is believed to be over a thousand years old are also popular activities. For more information, call (66) 4444-8386.

Prang Sida

Prang Sida is similar to Prang Ku at Tambon Don Tanin, but this pagoda is closed on all 4 sides. It was a Brahman religious site, dated from around the 12th-13th Buddhist centuries, that was constructed entirely of laterite in the ancient Khmer style with sculpted plaster designs facing the east and an outer wall surrounding the site. From the Khorat city, take Highway No. 2 for about 84 kilometers to Sida intersection and turn right onto Highway No. 202 (to Amphoe Prathai) for about 1.5 kilometers, then take a left and proceed for about 2 kilometers to the temple.

Chokchai Farm

Location: 169 Mu 2 Thanon Mittaphap, Amphur Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130. Tel. (66) 4432-8485. Ext. 116, (66) 4432-8386, (66) 4436-1770-4. Head Office tel. (66) 2532-2846 ext. 135, (66) 2523-9103.    Chokchai Farm is a fully integrated dairy farm perched on a vast stretch of plains amidst a scenic surrounding. An agro-tourism farm where visitors can learn about milking, making of fresh milk ice cream, animal feed plant, and several other activities. Superb tourist facilities provided.  The farm opens on Saturdays, Sundays and Official holidays. Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a group visit of at least 30 persons. There are 3-5 rounds of tours, each taking approximately 3 hours. 

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                                                                                                        Source :Tourism Authority of Thailand


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