A landlocked region of temples, jungle and mountains, Nakhon Ratchasima is Thailand’s biggest province. Nakhon Ratchasima city (also called Korat) is an easy bus journey from Bangkok, so use it as your base for activities such as spotting Asian elephants, seeing an ancient reclining Buddha and dropping into museums covering topics from mushrooms to dinosaurs.
Roam around Phimai Historical Park
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One of the biggest and most-impressive Khmer-era ruin complexes in Thailand, Phimai Historical Park provides a captivating look into the past. Located in the centre of Phimai town, the site is surrounded by what remains of the walls, deep foundations and moats. Inside, there are large courtyards with a number of halls, ponds, and towers. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, it is thought that the site was mainly dedicated to Buddhism.