Typically known as Korat or Khorat (โคราช), Nakhon Ratchasima (นครราชสีมา) is the capital of the Province by this name. The city is also the second largest in the Isaan (Northeast) of Thailand. Because of the closeness to Bangkok, Isaan has turned the city into a jump-off point for visitors into Isaan, thanks to the well developed transport network to the overall country. It is provides a convenient route to visit Phimai Historical Park, which takes a less than an hour to drive from the city center in the Northern province.
Temple of Ban Rai, Province Nakhonratchasima, Thailand (Copyright: Migel)
View of the historic Phimai Temple near Nakhon Ratchasima. The Khmer temples were built during the Angkor period and marked the northern reaches of the realm. (Copyright: Ralf Siemieniec)
One of the historical, restored city gates of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) behind the water-filled moat. This gate is also known as Yamo Gate or Yamo Entrance. (Copyright: Ralf Siemieniec)
View of the historic Prasat Hin Phimai Castle at Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. The Khmer Castle were built during the Angkor period and marked the northern reaches of the realm. (Copyright: Wuttichok Panichiwarapun)
NAKORN RATCHASIMA – SEP 19: Unidentified Thai monks walking with sunlight at Phanomwan Historical Park on September 19, 2015 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (BaLL LunLa / Shutterstock)
Monk and beautiful of White Thai Temple against blue sky at Sorapong’s Temple in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
(Copyright: Detchart Sukchit)
Entrance of sandstone pagoda statue against blue sky at Wat Pa Salawan in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – December 20 , 2015 : View from The top of Primo Piazza at Khao Yai on 20 December 2015, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (Praw Maturos / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – JULY 03 : Family travelers wide range of ages are feeding giraffe at the Korat Zoo on FEBUARY 03, 2011 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. (SOMRERK KOSOLWITTHAYANANT / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA – SEP 19: Unidentified woman with Thai dress at Phanomwan Historical Park on September 19, 2015 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (CruZeWizard / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – April 4, 2015: The joy of children. Rural way of life. Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. (Prapas Satong / Shutterstock)
Asian cows in a field at a farm in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. (Copyright: Thor Jorgen Udvang)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – OCTOBER 30: Undefined senior farmers are working with rice around the rice field at the evening on October 30,2015 in Nakhon ratchasima, Thailand. (TZIDO SUN / Shutterstock)
Wild elephants walk on the road in the rain (Copyright: mooinblack)
Electrical Eco power maker wind turbine in cassava farm – Huay bong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (Copyright: chainarong)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – OCTOBER 31: Undefined People give food for alms to Buddhist monks in boat of Floating Market Waterway alms on October 31,2015 in Nakhon ratchasima, Thailand. (TZIDO SUN / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Pakchong/Thailand- April 10, 2016: Thai women washing clothes along the river, Thailand (Sirirat / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima. Thailand. April 10, 2016: Thailand’s rural children to spend their free time playing with his dog than the social players. Thailand. (Prapas Satong / Shutterstock)
Sisawat , a silver-blue color cat from Thailand staying in green grass garden (Copyright: PearlNecklace)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – APRIL 13: An unidentified woman in Thai uniform sits down on a horse in Songkran festival parade on April 13, 2016, in Si Khio, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (asteroidsmp / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – MARCH 23:Unidentified thai people in the parade at annual festival Thao Suranaree monument on March 23, 2015 in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat, Thailand. (akekoksomshutter / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima.. Thailand. January 16, 2016: Teachers of Thailand. On the eve of teacher merit together. Annually. Nakhon Ratchasima.. Thailand. (Prapas Satong / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima, THAILAND – Nov 10, 2015 : 7-Eleven, convenience store with largest number of outlets in Thailand. (JPKPro designer / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA – DECEMBER 30 : People travel and walking in Jim Thompson Farm at Countryside on December 30, 2013 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (Anirut Thailand / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – NOVEMBER 29 : Thai people travel and shopping at market fair on November 29, 2015 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. (Anirut Thailand / Shutterstock)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – December 28,2015: Cosmos flowers garden festival and architecture local most popular in Thailand at jim thomson farm in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand (Powerbee-Photo / Shutterstock)
NAKHON RATCHASIMA – DECEMBER 30 : People travel and walking in Cosmos Flowers Field of Jim Thompson Farm at Countryside on December 30, 2013 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (Anirut Thailand / Shutterstock)
Sunflower plantation at sunrise with gigantic field in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. (Copyright: Isamare)
Landmark wat thai, sunset in temple at Wat None Kum in Nakhon Ratchasima province Thailand (Copyright: apiguide)
Colorful wall and bastion with gate entrance at night in Nakhon Ratchasima downtown, Thailand (Copyright: Blanscape)
Thai temple named Wat Sorapong near the pond against blue sky in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat, Thailand (Copyright: ChaiwatNK)
By James Bukovsky
If you are planning a trip to Nakhon Ratchasima then it is worth noting that there are a number of good places where you can do some excellent shopping. Korat is not as large as Bangkok however it has an excellent mall and various areas with a high concentration of shops and stores.
This is a large US style mall and is located in the center of town. There are more than a hundred different stores there as well as dozens of food and beverage outlets. The most famous ones include KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Sizzlers Steak House and Dunkin Donuts. The Mall is also home to a number of wonderful entertainment venues including a large and modern multi screen movie theatre, arcade area and a world class gym. Visitors will also find a wide range of banking facilities in the building.
This massive British retail giant has locations in all major Thai cities and tourist destinations and one is also located close to the city center of Korat. There are also numerous smaller shops located in the complex as well as a number of different small restaurants and banks. Please note that there is both outdoor and indoor parking for both cars and motorbikes.
The most popular shopping venue is most certainly the Big C due to its overwhelming selection of products and its competitive pricing policy. Other than Big C you will also find a few dozen smaller stores as well as a KFC and an excellent food court. I would suggest for you to avoid visiting the local Big C during the weekend as it does get extremely busy and it could be hard finding a parking place and there will be big lines at the cashiers.
Klang Plaza 1 & 2
There are two different Klang Plaza’s which are generally known as the old and new Klang Plaza’s. They both however seem to offer the same type of products, brand names and both have a western style supermarket in the basement. The type of clothing that they offer tends to be well known western brand names and high quality local items.
Thailand is well known for its low prices and outstanding assortment of IT products. If you would like to purchase a new mobile phone, a netbook or perhaps some of the latest software or DVD titles then do head over to the IT center which is a large mall filled with various computer retail stores and repair centers.
James is travel consultant living on Phuket and is working on a number of projects. If you are looking for information about Phuket then be sure to visit his Phuket guide which includes an excellent section on Phuket Activities.