About Nakhon Ratchasima
Located on the western edge of the Korat Plateau, Korat is a city in northeastern Thailand and the capital of Korat Province. Historically a frontier town between Siam and Laos, the city is now the center of the metropolitan area of Korat.
The city has a long history and is blessed with beautiful scenery that attracts many tourists. The monument of Taosuray Nari, the Deputy Lady of Korat, is a testament to the city’s history and conveys the bravery and hard work of its inhabitants; the Thai-style Salaroy Temple tells the story of the life of Buddha and the fight against demons; and the Royal Thai Air Force Base in Korat, 8 kilometers south of the city, was used by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
In addition, the Korat Zoo, located south of the city on Highway 304, is one of Thailand’s top zoos, where visitors can not only ride around the zoo on a tour bus, but also rent bicycles and see penguins, seals, African elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and more.
How to get there
There are two bus stations in Korat. Buses leaving the city basically go to Bus Station No. 2, from where you can take a bus to Phi Mak.
There is a train from Bangkok to Korat, which takes 8 hours.
The next day, I was surprised to have Korat fried rice noodles (ผัดหมี่โคราช; Pad Mi Korat), a must-eat in Korat. Korat fried rice noodle is a wonderful thing, it looks like a small Thai style fried rice noodle (ผัดไทย; Pad Thai), but in your mouth is full of rice noodle taste, a kind of schizophrenic feeling of being cheated by molecular cuisine. The fried rice noodles in Korat reminded me of the Shilin night market, with a strong hometown taste, so I swept two plates.