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Korat

Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat, 259 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, is the gateway to the north-eastern plateau. Once the abode of ancient prehistoric communities, first Dvaravati then Khmer, Korat has been an administration centre since ancient times. Today, Korat still keeps its status as the Northeast's main transportation hub and economic centre. In addition to rich Khmer culture and long history, Korat has many forests, mountains, waterfalls, and reservoirs.

About 56 kilometres to the northeast of the provincial capital lies lovely Phimai, the site of an 11th-century Khmer sanctuary. The complex occupies land within boundary walls measuring 250 x 200 metres, and was sufficiently important to have been connected by road with Angkor Wat. The Khao Yai National Park comprises various mountains, two important rivers of Lam Takhong and Nakhon Nayok, with many rare species of fauna and flora and over 20 waterfalls. The best time to visit Korat is during the rainy season from June to October while it is not so hot and the animals in Khao Yai can be easily spotted.

Korat has a wide variety of local goods that tourists can buy from city markets or production centres. Famous best buys range from Dan Kwian earthenware to Mad Mee silk from Pak Thong Chai as well as fermented sausages, Chinese sausages and minced pork, Korat noodles and custard apple. Every November, the province celebrates the exciting Phimai Boat Races and Phimai Festival, featuring colourful long boat races, cultural performances, religious processions, and a light-and-sound spectacular.