Nakhon Ratchasima

“Commonly known as Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima is the third largest city in Thailand, located about 250kms northeast of the capital, Bangkok in the Isaan region, which is notable for its flat landscape and seemingly endless rice paddies. Due to its proximity to the border, Korat is also a popular transit hub into Cambodia or Laos.

It takes around three hours to reach Nakhon Ratchasima by bus from Bangkok, with frequent departures from Mochit Bus Terminal. Train access is also possible; there are at least nine daily departures from Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok, a trip of five to six hours.

There are two bus stations in Korat; the main larger one is located just north of the city centre. It is also possible to travel direct to other destinations from here. Tuk tuks, metered taxis, and local songthaew transportation is available from the bus station into the town centre.

The railway station is also a little outside town, but tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, and songthaew are on hand. Rail service is also available for onward travel into the Isaan region, passing through the cities of Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, before crossing the border into Laos. You can also make this journey by bus, or get a bus to the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet, a four-hour trip.

The Thao Suranaree statue is a local landmark well worth visiting in Korat, and there is also the Thao Suranaree, which tells the story of a famous battle. There are several places to stay, although most travellers chose to stay in the old moated city, close to the Thanon Chira railway station.”